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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2020 Favorites

(Congratulations to the landslide winner of the Matador Artists & Staff Poll for Person Of The Year 2020 to Clorox Scentiva Wipes.)

(Around this time every year, your underappreciated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our entertainment business cronies. In the past, this exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the chore. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for Brooklyn Vegan)

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the WORST YEAR EVER and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or empathy have other things on their mind than shouting from the rooftops about their cultural cachet.  Thankfully, none of those persons can be found below or it would be a really short list.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcusable omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to comment or reply).  Last year, industry titan Mike Sniper correctly predicted that such lists would be broken down thusly, “half hugely famous commercially viable things that TMZ would report on, the other half off-kilter and ‘weird.’ McDonalds Weird. Like The McRib.”,  but in 2020 I am happy to report that all participants had some much extra time to bask in new creations, we're no longer confined to a Carly Rae / McRib dichotomy.  That's what passes for progress, at least in list-compilng land.

On behalf of Matador's owners, investors, legal representatives and  street team (none of whom are allowed on the actual street any more due to liability issues, so we just pay them to make crank calls to Sub Pop), here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, for putting up with us.  And without further ado, let the coronoation of 'Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter One : Snake Oil' commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Mikey Coltun, Mdou Moctar
2020 favorite albums

-Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
-Bill Nace - Both
-Horse Lords - The Common Task

-Kiko Dinucci - Rastilho
-Kate NV - Room For The Moon
-Tidiane Thiam - Siftorde
-Duma - Duma
-J. Zunz - Hibiscus
-Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl - Artlessly Falling
-Deerhoof - Love-Lore
-Maghreb K7 Club - Synth Raï, Chaoui & Staifi
-Raven Chacon - ‘An Anthology Of Chants Operations’
-Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green (reissue)
-Moor Jewelry - True Opera
-Black Myths - Birth Of A Nation
-DJ Diaki - Balani Fou
-T. Gowdy - Therapy With Colour
-Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
-Meitei - Kof?
-Curved Light - Vita Ex Machina
-METZ - Hail Taxi

Steve Gunn

Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om Black Sweat Record
The Sadies - Union Pool
Black Unity Trio - Al-Fatihah reissue Gotta Groove
Johnathan Richman & Will Oldham Town Hall
FIrst Cow - Kelly Reichhardt director/William Tyler Soundtrack

Marc Orleans - RIP
Patrick Amory on mixcloud
Complete films of Agnes Varda Criterion
Steve Potts - Musique Pour Le Film D'un Ami - Aguirre Records
Mary Oliver - Devotions
How to with John Wilson
How the River Ganges Flows - Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin 1933-52 Third Man Records

Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo
1 George Sanders was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
2 You can freeze just about anything and it’ll taste pretty good weeks, months later.

3 Potatoes and onions don’t like to be stored together.


4 Viola Smith, “fastest girl drummer in the world” died this year at the age of 107. I’d never heard of her. theLAnd Magazine quoted her as saying “Maybe it’s the drums that have kept me spry, or the wine, or going to the casino.”
“Why not let the girls play in the big bands?” she wrote in an editorial for Down Beat titled “Give Girl Musicians a Break!” that I read about in her NYT obituary. “In these times of national emergency, many of the star instrumentalists of the big name bands are being drafted. Instead of replacing them with what may be mediocre talent, why not let some of the great girl musicians of the country take their places? There are many girl trumpet players, girl saxophonists and girl drummers who can stand the grind of long tours and exacting one-night stands,” she continued. “The idea of girls being able to play only legitimately is a worn-out myth now.”
That did the trick.
5 There were two US presidents named Harrison and one of them was President Benjamin (1889-1893) who declined to take advantage of the new electricity recently installed in the White House. I found out about this by watching chef David Chang impressively win a million dollars for his charity Southern Smoke Emergency Relief fund on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
6 I like Elvis a lot. I watched four Elvis movies in the last 3 months. One documentary, two concert films and one that he starred in.
7 I see a neighbor, whose window is about 10 or 12 yards across from my kitchen window, spending a lot of time at a desk, presumably in front of his computer. I worry about his blood circulation. And also that he can see me opening and closing my refrigerator about 70 times a day.
To be fair, some of those times are when I’ve opened it and forgotten why, and then I reopen it about 3 seconds later.
8 Elvis really liked Monty Python. I knew that and forgot, but I just relearned it.
9 Little Richard used to defecate in his mother’s jarred preserves as a youngster.

10 I can make chopped chicken liver from scratch and it’s not bad!

Bill Nace, Body/Head
1. Friday nite zoom readings by Byron Coley
2. Friday nite "zooms" with Kesin and Krefting
3. Text chain with Twig and Dillo
4. Basement "jam" vids from Mark Morgan
5. Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal - ICA Philadelphia
6. Upcoming Emily Robb solo LP
7. Coffee with Richie
8. Drawing with Hunter
9. Painting
10. Kim Gordon roughs for Gus Van Sant short

Lee Tesche, Algiers
Top 5 staff 2020, in order
1. Gerard
2. Lombardi
3. Josh
4. Rian
5. Alex
Honorable Mention: Patrick

Jean-Paul Aline, Beggars Group
What’s Your Pleasure ? – Jessie Ware
b7 – Brandy

souvenir – Jonah Yano
All The Time – Jessy Lanza
Regresa – Buscabulla
Roisin Machine – Roisin Murphy
3.15.20 – Childish Gambino
Sin Miedo – Kali Uchis
Untitled (Rise) – Sault
Circles – Mac Miller
Will This Make Me Good – Nick Hakim
Miss Colombia – Lido Pimienta

Bonus : Le Jeune (EP) - Quinzequinze

Madonna – Madame X Tour / Lisbon
Algiers – Paris / La Maroquinerie
Roisin Murphy – Live On Mixcloud


Small Axe : Lovers Rock
I may Destroy you
The Crown

Book :
Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Nabil Ayers, 4AD

JYOTI Mama, You Can Bet!
Keeley Forsythe Debris
Kelly Lee Owens Inner Song
SAULT Untitled (Black Is)

Alan Braufman The Fire Still Burns (the family biz)
Alabaster DePlume To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1
Mourning [A] BLKstar The Cycle
Grimes pausing her New York Times interview to talk about Raisin Bran
Dry Cleaning’s NYC shows in March… my last
U.S. Girls at The Dance
Post Malone’s Nirvana live stream

Chris Bithell - Beggars Group

Fave tracks released in 2020 (-ish)
Heavy emphasis on the party music... We needed it.

Green Gartside - Tangled Man [Rough Trade]

Warmduscher - Midnight Dipper (Soulwax Remix) [The Leaf Label]
Eris Drew - Transcendental Access Point [Interdimensional Transmissions]
SAULT - Free [Forever Living Originals]
Peter Cat Recording Co. - Portrait of a Time [Panache]
lau.ra & Secaina - Sideways [Needwant]
Róisín Murphy - We Got Together [Loaded]
Paul Epworth & Ishmael - Space Inc. [Sony]
Kaytranada & Pharrell Williams - Midsection [RCA]
Onipa - Makoma [Strut/K7]
Becky and the Birds - Wondering [4AD]
Dua Lipa - Hallucinate (prod. SG Lewis & Jacques Lu Cont) [Warner]
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Heartbreak [Outlier]
Corridor - Domino [Sub Pop]
Ruthven - Have You Decided? [XL]
Jessica Winter - The Other (Chambermix) [Roya]
Erika de Casier & El Trick - Little Bit (El Trick Remix / Sydlandsmix) [Jeep]
The Organism - Jhana [Eklektisch]
Kiwi & Ghost Culture - I Feel Better [Crossbreed]
Pregoblin - Love Letters [eOne]
Hot Chip & Jarvis Cocker - Straight To The Morning [Domino]
Red Axes - Arpman [Dark Entries]
LA Priest - Beginning (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) [Domino]
Låpsley - Speaking of the End [XL]
The Avalanches - Oh The Sunn / We Go On [Modular]
SAULT - Monsters [Forever Living Originals]

1010 Benja SL - Dobby [Young Turks]

Nick Boyd, Beggars Group

Everything released this year by AceMo, MoMa Ready, Bored Lord, Kush Jones, DJ Swisha, DJ Delish, Ali Berger, Eris Drew, Octo Octa, Huey Mnemonic, Max Watts, Nikki Nair, Tim Reaper, OSSX, James Bangura, INVT, An Avrin, El Blanco Nino, Fear-E, Allergy Season, musclecars, A. G. Cook, Haus of Altr, Towhead Recordings, Moveltraxx, Sweat Equity, Scuffed Recordings, C Powers, Chucky73 and the whole Sie7etr3 crew, Alex Falk, Amal, ART DLR, Bad Bunny, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Drummy, Kindergarten Records, Bastiengoat, Juke Bounce Werk, Nick Leon, Black Cadmium, Black Girl / White Girl, Boof, Charli XCX, Lil Uzi Vert, Kiwi Rekords, Private Caller, Sammy Virji, Rico Nasty, Mark Archer, They Hate Change, Tyga Paw, DJ Girl, ROOM, Coloring Lessons, Super Tuff, T5UMUT5UMU, quest?onmarc. Honorable mention to the fourteen releases we did on Sorry Records this year.

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

Augustus Muller - Machine Learning Experiments
Aurat - Poison
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
Chronophage - Th’pig’kiss’d Album
Constant Smiles - Control
Cool Greenhouse - s/t
Duma - Duma
GISM - Detestation reissue
Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain

Jackie Lynn - Jacqueline
Joanne Robertson - Painting stupid girls
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Mosaic of Transformation
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Necrot - Mortal
Nidia - Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes
No Home - Fucking Hell
Noveller - Arrow
OOIOO -Nijimusi
PE - Person
Ramble Tamble - Burned County Data
Renee Van Trier - Something of What I’ve Lost
Skeleton - Skeleton

Special Interest - The Passion Of
Vacant Gardens - Under the Bloom
Vladislav Delay - Rakka

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Saint Abdullah - In God's Image (Psychic Liberation)

Amani + King Vision Ultra - An Unknown Infinite (PTP)
No Home - Fucking Hell (d/l bandcamp)
Chronophage - Th' Pig Kissed (Cleta Patra)
Felicia Atkinson - Everything Evaporate (Shelter Press)
Still House Plants - Fast Edit (Bison / Blank Forms)
Model Home - One Year (Disciples)
Sofehso - A Record (First Terrace)
Claire Rousay - Both (Second Editions)
Soft Shoulder - Contextual Depreciation (Gilgongo)
Dr. Pete Larsen and His Cytoxic Nyatti Band - s/t (Dagoretti)
Dean Roberts - Not Fire (Erstwhile)
Armand Hammer - Shrines (Backwoodz Studioz)

Ono - Red Summer (American Dreams)

Triple Negative - God Bless The Death Drive (Penultimate Press)
Mint Mile - Ambertron (Comedy Minus One)
NE$$ x Baby J - 21st Century Blues
Obnox - Savage Raygun (ever/never)
David Nance - Staunch Honey (Trouble In Mind)
Sumac - May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)
Uniform - Shame (Sacred Bones)
Duma - s/t (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Powers / Rolin Duo - s/t (Feeding Tube)
Will Johnson - El Capitan (Keeled Scales)
Horse Lords - The Common Task (Northern Spy)

Dan Melchior - Embankment To The End Of The Line (Gertrude Tapes)
FACS - Void Moments (Trouble In Mind)
E- Complications (Silver Rocket)

Jon Collin - Water And Rock Music, Volumes 3-4 (Feeding Tube/Early Music)
Lamps - People With Faces (In The Red)
Astute Palate - s/t (Petty Bunco)
Magik Markers - 2020 (Drag City)
Barry Walker Jr. - Shoulda Zenith (Holy Moutain)

Reissues / vault-y bits :
Black Unity Trio - Al - Fatihah (Gotta Groove)
Dadamah - This Is Not A Dream (Grapefruit)
Ela Orleans - Lost (La Station Radar)
Phew - Vertical Jamming (Disciples)
United Mutation - Dark Self Image (Radio Raheem)

Top 3 TV Moments :
1) Geoff Metcalfe getting stabbed in the neck with a broken wine bottle
2) Geoff Metcalfe falling off his roof

3) Eddie Kingston - spoken word

Steve Cross, Remote Control
20 tracks that got me through 2020
Soccer96 - I Was Gonna Fight Fascism

Kelly Lee Owens – Corner Of My Sky ft. John Cale
Nadia Reid - Best Thing
Sault – Little Boy
Cabane feat. Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Take me home Pt2

The Weather Station – Robber

Moonduo –Planet Caravan
Alexandra Savior - But You
Bill Callahan - Sea Song (feat. Mick Turner)
Rival Consoles - Vibrations on a String
Aoife Nessa Frances - Blow Up
Car Seat Headrest - Deadlines (Thoughtful)
Kelly Lee Owens – On
Lou Doillon – Alexandrie, Alexandra
Ghostpoet - Breaking Cover
Sei Still - El Camino
Daniel Avery - Lone Swordsman
Son Lux - Only (Chasing You) [feat. William Bell]
Shannon Lay/Steve Gunn - Clay Pigeons

Blake Mills - Money Is The One True God

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records
20 new albums and (some new, some old) reads I enjoyed in 2020

"Paraphrase" - Sarah Resnick
Invisibility Blues - Michele Wallace
Libra - Don Delillo
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone - James Baldwin
Satantango - Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Butcher's Crossing - John Williams
Sula - Toni Morrison
The Factory - Hiroko Oyamada
Real Life - Brandon Taylor
Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

Bonus Round: Favorite not-new new release

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Art Feynman - Half Price at 5:30
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Omar S - You Want
Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Neil Young - Homegrown
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Jorge Elbrecht - Presentable Corpse
Domenique Dumont - People On SundayOneohtrix Point Never- Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

My Favorite Show - How To with John Wilson
My Favorite Enzo - @enzothesweetboy

Jonathan Gold, Beggars Group
Arca – KiCk i (XL)
Caribou – Suddenly (Merge)
Dehd – Flower of Devotion (Fire Talk)

Desire Marea – Desire (Izimakade)
Eartheater – Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin (PAN)
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure (PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song (Smalltown Sound)
Naked Roommate – Do the Duvet (Trouble In Minds)
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (Matador)
Popcaan – FIXTAPE (Unruly/OVO Sound)
Special Interest - The Passion Of (Night School/ Thrill Living)
Yves Tumor – Heaven to A Tortured Mind (Warp)

Deaton Chris Anthony – BOOGY WOOGY (Self-Released)
Meth Math – Pompi (In Real Life)

Park Hye Jin – How Can I (Ninja Tune)
Moonchild Sanelly – Nüdes (Transgressive)
Shygirl – ALIAS (Because)

BbyMutha – “Cocaine Catwalk” (Self-released)
Bicep – “Apricots” (Ninja Tune)
Blake Mills – “Money Is The One True God” & “Vanishing Twin” (New Deal/Verve)
Creams – “DIE 4 U” (Self-released)
Jeannette Ndiaye – “Makom Ma Bobe” (Kalita)
Julie Byrne, Jefre Cantu-Ledes – “Love’s Refrain” (Mexican Summer)
keiyaA – “Hvnli” & “Rectifya” (Forever)
Koraal – “Vuurdin” (Nous’klaer Audio)
Lorenzo Senni – “Dance Tonight Revolution Tomorrow” (Warp)
Mary Lattimore – “Pine Trees” (Ghostly)
Maurice Fulton, Peggy Guo – “Jigoo” (Gudu)
MOTHERMARY – “Catch Fire” (Italians Do It Better)
Pop Smoke – “Shake The Room (feat. Quavo)” (Victor Victor Worldwide/ Republic)

Pam Garavano, Beggars Group
15 new & 10 reissues albums I loved this year. I strive to never list albums I work on, but if I did, plum by widowspeak and clot by wax chattels along with the reissue of OXZ’s catalog are all aces.

new releases:
adrianne lenker - songs (4ad)
ana roxanne - because of a flower (kranky)
constant smiles - control (living waters)
cut worms - nobody lives here anymore (jagjaguwar)
kate nv - room for the moon (rvng)
katie gately - loom (houndstooth)

le volume courbe - fourteen years ep (honest jons)
mary lattimore - silver ladders (ghostly)
lucrecia dalt - no era sólida (rvng)
modern nature - annual (bella union)
perfume genius - set my heart on fire immediately (matador)
psychic ills - never learn not to love 7-inch (sacred bones)
snowy - audio commentary (spunk)
tomberlin - projections ep (saddle creek)
westerman - your hero is not dead (partisan)

dadamah - this is not a dream (grapefruit)
loscil - coast/range/arc (kranky)

priscilla ermel - origins da luz (music from memory)
hiroshi yoshimura - green? (light in the attic)
pole - 1, 2 & 3 (mute)
pale saints - comforts of madness 30th anniv. (4ad)
pylon - pylon box (new west)
the sound - physical world 7-inch (reminder)
neil young - homegrown (reprise)
various artists - ak79 (flying nun)

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group
Modern Nature - Annual EP (Bella Union)
Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes (Castleface)
Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You (International Anthem)
Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah! (Trouble in Mind Records)
CS + Crème - Snoopy (The Trilogy Tapes)
Beatrice Dillion - Workaround (Pan)
Lingo Seini et son groupe - Musique Hauka (Sahel Sounds)
T.V Sun - Mosses (Anyway)

Quin Kirchner - The Shadows and The Light (Astral Spirits)
Roomful of Teeth - Michael Harrison: Just Constellations EP (Amsterdam)
Penelope Trappes - “Eel Drop” EP (Houndstooth)
Omar S - You Want (FXHE Records)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp)
Nazar - Guerilla (Hyper-Dub)

HAAi “Head above the Parakeets” (Mute)
Les Sins & Acemo “C’mon Les’ Go” (Company Studio/Sonic Messengers)
Dave Harrington + Nate Mercereau “Things Move Quickly When They Feel Right” (How So Records)
AceMoMa, AceMo & Moma Ready “Revolutionary” (HAUS of ALTR)
Jenny Hval “Bonus Material” (Sacred Bones)
Mdou Moctar “Ibitan” (self-released)
Sault “Free” (Forever Living Originals)
Dan Matz “Now Lucifer” (Assumed Identity)


Rashied Ali + Frank Lowe - Duo Exchange (Survival Records)
Anthony Moore - “Out” (Drag City)
Various Artists - Guasá, Cununo y Marimba. Afro-Colombian Music the West Coast (Gertudis Bonilla)

Noam Klar, Matador Records
my top 5 Mad Men episodes as viewed during lockdown 1&2:
1. Season 5, episode 11: “The Other Woman”
2. Season 7, episode 14: “Person To Person”
4. Season 6, episode 8: “The Crash”
4. Season 1, episode 12: “Nixon Vs Kennedy”

5. Season 3, episode 6: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

I moved to LA from the E.Coast in the summer of 2019, and my “Covid project” has been a deep study into all things LA Punk rock. Living in NYC, one gets a little locked into E.Coast stuff, so I had the rare pleasure of discovering a new old band. In the early punk days in LA, there was one band that ruled it all and influenced it all. THE SCREAMERS. I AM STILL MAD that no one told me about them ages ago. You have to click on all the stuff below and then you too can get SO excited about a band that never officially released an album and only existed from 1975-1981. Why didn’t you tell me about this band when I was 4? Here’s a list of things I have explored and enjoyed related to this band.

    1. “122 Hours Of Fear” (kicks in after a minute, and the anticipation build is worth it)

    2. “Vertigo”

  1. Screamer’s singer Tomata du Plenty on CNN talking about his post-band art career.

  2. KK Barrett – Former Screamers drummer, now Academy Award nominated production designer

  3. The Cockettes – SF avant garde psychedelic hippie theater group that Tomata was in – Documentary/Website

  4. The Hollywood Columbarium at Hollywood Forever where Tomata Du Plenty is laid to rest (bonus resting place of Rozz Williams of Christian Death one floor above)

  5. The art of Gary Panter (designed the iconic Screamers “screaming man” logo in addition to a Yo La Tengo album cover)

  6. Books: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Brendan Mullen & Marc Spitz, Under The Big Black Sun - A Personal History of LA Punk and it's sequel, More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk - by John Doe and Tom DeSavia

  7. Lydia Lunch’s podcast and Pleasant Gehman’s podcast

  8. Cornell University’s Screamers collection

Andy Larsen, Beggars Group
Full lengths:
M. Takara and Carla Boregas - Linha D’Água (El Rocha Records)

Valentina Magaletti, Marlene Ribeiro - Due Matte (Horn of Plenty)
Kübler Ross - Kübler Ross (Akashic Records)
Sarah Davachi - Cantus, Descant (Late Music)
Alan Braufman - The Fire Still Burns (Valley of Search)
Vladislav Delay - 500 Push-Up (feat Sly and Robbie) (Sub Rosa)
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (Pan)
Ambrose Akinsmusire - on the tender spot of every calloused moment (Blue Note Records)
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity (W.25th)
Crazy Doberman - Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits)

EPs, singles, collections, and archive releases:

Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om (Black Sweat Records)
Charles Curtis - Performances and Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern)
Nkisi - Initiation (Initiation)
Neutrals - Personal Computing (Slumberland Records)

Xylitol - I’m Pretty Sure I Would Know If Reality Were Fundamentally Different Than I Perceived It To Be (Thrilling Living)
Alvin Lucier - String Noise (Black Truffle)
Coil - Musick To Play In The Dark (Dais)
Harry Pussy - Superstar (Palilalia)
Model Home - One Year (Disciples)
Marika Politissa - All Parts Dark (Olvido Records)

Annette Lee, 4AD
Top 10 discoveries / things that have kept me sane during lockdown:
1. Schitts Creek
2. I May Destroy You

3. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Book)
4.East cookbook by Meera Sodha
5.Perfecting a gut-busting pork ramen
6.Ruth Rogers’ Sausage Ragu recipe (thanks to Patrick Amory)
7. Calcarius orange and Kindelli Luna Nueva Blanc wines
8. Lagman from Karamay Urghur restaurant
9. NTS Radio
10.Lockdown Parenting Hell podcast

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records
Model Home - SE (Future Times)
Autechre - Sign (Warp)
KMRU - Peel (Editions Mego)

Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (PAN)

Ulla - Tumbling Towards a Wall (Experiences Ltd.)
Luke Stewart - Exposure Quintet (Astral Spirits)
Butch Willis - Amateur on Plastic DVD (Teen-Beat)
US Girls - Heavy Light (4AD)
Vikingur Olafsson - Debussy / Rameau (Deutsche Grammophon)
HOA011 - V/A (Haus of Altr)
Bill Callahan - Gold Record (Drag City)
Kelley Stoltz - Ah! (etc.) (Agitated Records)
Seltene Erden - Scorched Erden (Youth)
Adam X - Acid Archives 92-94 (L.I.E.S.)
Cygnus - Neon Flux (World Building)
Prince - Sign o the Times Super Deluxe (Warner)

Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown (International Anthem)

Imaginary Softwoods - Annual Flowers in Color 2020 Remaster (Amethyst Sunset/Mineral Disk)
M. Geddes Gengras - Time Makes Nothing Happen
Haley Fohr @ Hirshhorn 12.6.29
Clear Channel @ Marx Cafe 1.3.20
Jonathan Richman / Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ Lincoln Theater 3.7.20

Irreversible Entanglements @ Rhizome 3.8.20

Ryan Naideau, Rough Trade
new stuff:
theo parrish - wuddaji
the microphones in 2020
gillian welch - boots, all the good times
lil uzi vert - eternal atake
21 savage - savage mode II
mike - weight of the world

dj blackpower - king of the night
necrot - mortal
malokarpatan - krupinské ohne
after - life repeats
lady ehepr - gloatre
straw man army - age of exile
twisted thing - sacred cement
jeff rosenstock - no dream
cadenaxo - lenguas podridas
chronophage - th' pig kiss'd
blair - nothing helps

ippei matsui & aki tsuyoku - natsu no zenbu
domenique dumont - people on sunday
v/a - equiknoxx music in 2020

old stuff:
world standard - asagao
v/a - still in my arms comp
don cherry - om shanti om
valium aggelein - black moon
shirley scott - one for me
v/a - la locura de machuca 1975-1980

Abby Rubin, Beggars Group
2020 Favorites
Lamb Rabbit- Heart True

Dominique Dumont - People On Sunday
Against All Logic - 2017-2019
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Boltcutters
Tara Clerkin Trio - S/T
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Neil Young - Homegrown

The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Waxahatachee - St. Cloud
Caribou - Never Come Back
SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
Burna Boy - Twice as Tall
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Gia Margaret - Mia Gargaret
Moodyman - Taken Away
Loma - Don’t Shy Away
Marie Davidson - Renegade Breakdown
Ela Minus - Acts of Rebellion
Art Feynman - Half Price at 3:30
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

Josh Turner, Matador Records
New in 2020
John Carroll Kirby - My Garden
Mil-Spec - World House

Vein - Old Data In A New Machine Vol. 1
Jamael Dean - Ished Tree
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Bib - Delux
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
Chubby & The Gang - Speed Kills
Honourable mentions:
End It - One Way Track
SUSS - Promise
William Tyler - New Vanitas
Graf Orlock - Decibel Flexi

Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises

Found in 2020
Federico Mompou - Impressions
Bartok - Romanian Folk
The Telescopes - Taste
International Harvester - Sov Gott Rose-Mari
Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth Than Money
Stan Hubbs - Crystal
Chuck Johnson - Balsams
The Orioles - Crying In The Chapel
Dara Puspita - Ba-Da-Da-Dum
Read in 2020
Pierre Berton - Klondike 1896 - 1899
Dan Hooper - At The Edge of Time
A K Blakemore - Fondue
Evan Osnos - Age of Ambition
Mixes / Lists
Hung, Drawn & Quartered - 20th February 2020
Sauvages - Sauvages#180

Jake Whitener, Matador Records

Favorite Releases of 2020 :

Sarah Mary Chadwick- Please Daddy (Sinderlyn)
Slauson Malone- Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak) (Grand Closing)
Maral- Push (Leaving Records)
Ramble Tamble- Burned County Data (Self-Released)
Pink Siifu- Negro (Field Left)
Duma- Omni (Nyege Nyege Tapes)Your
Duval Timothy- Help (Carrying Colour)
Nazar- Guerilla (Hyperdub LTD)
No Home- Fucking Hell (Self-Released)
Special Interest- The Passion Of (Night School / Thrilling living)
Yves Tumor- Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp)
Crack Cloud- Pain Olympics (Self-Released)
Irreversible Entanglements- Who Sent You? (International Anthem)
Park Hye Jin- How can I (Ninja Tune)
The Cowboy- Wifi on the Prairie (Self-Released)

(more from 2020 and beyond)

Sweetie Zamora, Remote Control Records
My favourite releases of 2020 - a year of everything and nothing all at the same time.
Carla Geneve - The Right Reasons

Christine and the Queens - La vita nuova
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Jessie Ware - What’s Your Pleasure?
Joji - Nectar
Lady Gaga - Chromatica
Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us
Miiesha - Nyaaringu
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
Roisin Murphy - Roisin Machine
Romy - Lifetime
SAULT - Untitled (Black Is) & Untitled (Rise)
Surprise Chef - Daylight Savings
Taylor Swift - Folklore & Evermore
The Chicks - Gaslighter
Yaeji - WHAT WE DREW ??? ????

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records
Albums/EPs in no particular order:
Actress - Karma & Desire
Joanne Robertson - Painting Stupid Girls
Model Home - One Year
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround

Ichiko Aoba - Windswept Adan
Special Interest - The Passion Of
Adrianne Lenker - songs
Moodymann - Taken Away
lojii - lo&behold
Park Hye Jin - How can I

Tristan Arp - Suggested Forms
Bill Callahan - Gold Record
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower
No Joy - Motherhood
Kate NV - Room For The Moon
Julianna Barwick - Healing is A Miracle
DJ Python - Mas Amable
Songs in no particular order:

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - “Expanding Electricity”

Dehd - “Loner”
Standing on the Corner - “Angel”
Against All Logic - “Penny”
Pa Salieu - “Frontline”
HAAi - “Rotating in Unison”
Sassy 009 - “Ghost Town”
Oneohtrix Point Never - “I Don’t Love Me Anymore”
Bktherula - “Summer”
Sufjan Stevens - “The Ascension”
The 1975 - “Yeah I Know”
Shygirl - “Slime”
Jwords - “Numb”
Yves Tumor - “Gospel For A New Century”
Katie Dey - “Happiness”
SAULT - “Strong”
Salem - “Old Gods”
Yung Lean - “Yayo”

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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2015 Favorites

(above : 2nd annual Tidal board of directors meetings addresses burning issue #1 : failure to manipulate Matablog Year-End results. Guy in the helmet has a solution but nobody can hear him thru that thing)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated very good-looking editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our show business cronies. In the past, the exercise has been an trying process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of hesitant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can’t wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen 3 readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but probably not appreciated). And without further ado, let the coronations of Kendrick Lamar, Dick DIver and "The Leftovers" begin :

Erika M. Anderson, EMA


Fostering a kitten with a huge bolt coming out of his leg to fix a broken bone. He looked super cyberpunk and his name was Warboy.

Fronting a cover band for my dad’s 60th birthday party and having my mom sing back up.

Doing Virtual Reality / hybrid musical performances at both the Barbican and PS1 MoMA.
Performing at the New Museum as part of Deep Lab.
Interviewing William Gibson.
Getting really stoned on legal weed and watching “Green Inferno” followed by a “Best Of Leprechaun” montage on YouTube.

Books —
“In Preparation For The Next Life” by Atticus Lish
“White Girls” by Hilton Als

Music —
Force Publique — “Bloom”
Nicki Minaj — “Pinkprint”

Heaven Knows What
Green Inferno

TV --
South Park Season 19

Anthony Anzaldo
, Ceremony

5 Records
-Tony Molina bedroom demos
-Best Coast - California Nights
-The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

-Loma Prieta - Self Portrait
-Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor

5 Shows
-Lights Out, September 25 at The Metro Oakland, CA
-Culture Club, July 25 at The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
-Noel Gallagher, May 18 Warfield SF, CA
-Jesus And Mary Chain, May 16 Warfield SF, CA
-The Chameleons, September 21 at The Elbow Room SF, CA

Jehnny Beth, Savages

Best record : Kendrick Lamar - To pimp a butterfly
Best film: Mommy with Anna Dorval by Xavier Dolan
Best exhibition: 'Recording In progress' PJ Harvey at Somerset House recording her new album in front of an audience
Best TV series: Veep (with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on HBO)
Best cartoon: The Regular Show on Cartoon Network

Best book: I'll never write my memories by Grace Jones
Best gig: Nick Cave and the bad Seeds in Paris, Le Grand Rex
Best radio show: The Alligator hour by Joshua Homme on Beat 1
Best Jewel maker: Jennifer Tull Westberg
Best clothes designer: Minimarket (Swedish brand)
Best shoe maker: KMB (handmade in Spain)
Best moment: learning to ride a motorcycle!

Ross Farrar, Ceremony

Radical Opening Bands of Tour
1) Perverts Again: Cleveland. Yes, so good. The front man had a really cool marching thing he was doing throughout the set, and the music was simple, primitive and catchy–sort of reminded me of The UV Race–most interesting / radical band of tour.
2) Night Club: Atlanta. I loved this band, very lonely sounding, very sparse, very dark. For lovers of Slint.
3) Perverted Justice: Montreal. This band tripped me out in a very good way. Old and new friends were formed that night. I've never seen anything like their setup. Five people formed a horizontal line behind Josie, lead vocalist. Starting from far right: Christine on vocals and synth, an electronic drummer next to her, another synth player next to him, and another dude next to him, but I forget what he played exactly. Each of them looked different. Cartoons playing instruments. They also covered GG–Don’t Talk to Me. Fantastic.
4) Mushmind: Tampa. Chaotic at times, but also a bit funky. Time Square was said to be a scary, grimy place in the 70's. This music could be an interesting soundtrack to that time in history. For more inquiry look for the track "Substance Control."
5) Brother Beast: NC. Vengeance against society. They are putting out a record called "Pregnant God" which I believe will be their last. Phenomenal drumming. Watch out.

6) Olivia Neutron-John: DC. Whoa. Beautiful music that conjured the new wave, the groove wave, the darker waves and the water waves all together–forming a synthetic punk version of rainbow light.
7) False Punk: Orlando. Rippers who are ripe on the scene, filled with angst, and look cool on stage. A lot of punks don’t think about how they look on stage, and that’s cool, but these guys look good. Members of Gross, who also played the show, and who also played with us the previous year. Good dudes, good tunes.
8 ) Triage: Toronto. This band really ripped. Female fronted thrash punk metal. The kind of shit you listen to driving fast through the night in New Jersey, flashing by nuclear waste dumps where Toxic Avenger was inspired.
9) VCR: Toronto. Second band in Toronto. Danger House vibes. Young kids with bad attitudes who like to play fast and freaky. Greg from S.H.I.T put out their EP, and had some funny shit to say. The singer and I spoke a bit while doing merch. Two quotes: "We're playing with Sheer Mag soon" which he was very excited about, and "We played this show to get money for tour." Best quote of tour yet so far.
10) Hide: Chicago. Extremely powerful Goth beautification. The sound was huge. The people were huger.

Samuel Fogarino, Interpol

Robert Plant - Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires
Robert Plant/Jack White - The Lemon Song - Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires
Shellac - Primavera, Barcelona
Run The Jewels - NME Awards, London
Failure - Irving Plaza, NYC
Swervedriver - The 40 Watt, Athens, GA

*Sparks/Franz Ferdinand - At some festival somewhere in Italy
*Cypress Hill - At some festival somewhere in South America
Health - They opened for Interpol on a US leg of the El Pintor tour, and destroyed it nightly.
*Sleaford Mods - At some festival in the UK or EU....
*The lines that divide and define have long since faded. I could simply reference the many tour books or the webnet for specific dates/places, but so could you.
Daniel Kessler's Milan: A Night Of Food & Drink
Interpol's live configuration hit the streets of Milan for drinks, dinner, dessert, at DK's fav haunts. I may possess the Italian surname, but Kessler will always be the Don of Milan in our camp.
Cruel And Unusual
Goodnight Mommy

Thurston Moore

1. Boredoms epic colour-coordinated drum circle of program Barbican London
2. Deb Googe & Aaron Dilloway duo noise gig at Hanson Records, Oberlin Ohio
3. The acknowledgement of transgender roles in society via bathroom signage, runway models, political prisoners et al. Cheers Chelsea Manning, Rhyannon Styles....

4. Sun Ra ephemera exhibit curated by John Corbett at contemporary art museum Nottingham UK.
5. Sonic City Festival in Belgium same week as Paris attacks (whilst other gigs were cancelled and promoters were "re-thinking" an appropriate evening out during this crises;) Sonic City festival maintained calm and celebrated free jazz/first-thought-best-thought/understanding with an unsurpassed and universal line-up of musicians from around the globe coming together for the solace that comes natural to this Independent music scene.
6. Final full year of US President Obama, savouring the last moments of clarity from the anti-gun, pro-socialised medicine Grammy Award winning Prez and fingers crossed for the future of his policies staying in place.

7. Blek Metal fest in Bergen Norway with a focus on legends and newcomers alike along with tattoo impresarios and an exhibit of Gaahl's strange-mind paintings.
8. I wasn't there, but I heard it and felt it: Hong Kong student protesters all over social media. Go, you beauties!
9. Tour in New Zealand & OZ this month, with unforgettable visits to M?ori dances and the rest a new collection of recordings of Aboriginal music. Listening to the soul of both of these nations and their respect to the Land. Also seeing their hemisphere of stars at the Meredith Festival in rural Victoria I realise how small we all are in this vast universe.
10. Duo with Jack Callahan at Shredded Fleshtival 2015. Noise never lies/dies.

Bill Nace, Body/Head, Open Mouth Records

Jake Meginsky Vandals LP (open mouth records) Halloween Dj set and live at Pencil Factory Northampton MA
Coathangers @ Sled Island Fest
Gashrat live @ Elevens Florence MA
Myriam Gendron and Ruth Garbus live @ Montague Bookmill Montague MA
Fountainsun LP on Gnome Life
David Rees paper airplane making workshop with James Tenney blasting in background MassMoca North Adams MA
NAS performing Illmatic at Sugar Mountain Festival Melbourne Australia

Xylouris White Melbourne Australia
Laying eyes on all of the original art/pages for Charles Burns Black Hole
Gwen Welliver "What a Horse" at La MaMa
Ksiezyc LP Reissue on Penultimate Press
Silk Purse live @ Max Fish

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

I had a quiet year and didn't get around as I probably should have done But, Des Moines is happening and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the following excellent things:

(Not in any particular order)
1. Schwervon! --Great Kansas City two piece rock band.

2. Shovels and Rope --Great Charleston, SC two piece rock band.
3. The Local Pig and Pigwich--Top butcher shop/sandwich builders in KC.
4. Easy Fruit
5. Karen Meat and The Computer
6. Ramona and The Slimdudes
7. Odd Pets
8. Tires
(.4 through .8 --Good tuneage that the cool kids of Des Moines are churning out.)
9. The Other Brothers
10. Dosh --Moniker employed by Minnesota's Martin Dosh for his mesmerizing one man act.
(EDITOR'S NOTE : Mr. Nastanovich is available for DJ bookings)

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Dawn Of Humans - Slurping At The Cosmos Spine
Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida
Floating Points - Elaenia
Future - 56 Nights
Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

L.O.T.I.O.N. - Digital Control And Man's Obsolescence
Max Richter - SLEEP
The Necks - Vertigo
Sneaks - Gymnastics
William Basinski - Cascade

C.C.T.V. - self-titled
Galcher Lustwerk - Parlay
Jack J - Thirstin'
Kassem Mosse / Simone White - Three Versions
Lime Crush - self-titled
Rat Columns - Fooling Around
S.H.I.T. - Feeding Time
Sheer Mag - II
Terry - Talk About Terry
Vexx - Give And Take

Agnostic Front - No One Rules
Family - Casete
Man Is The Bastard - The Lost M.I.T.B. Sessions
Mariah - ??????? / Utakata No Hibi
Oppenheimer Analysis - New Mexico
Rose McDowall - Cut With The Cake Knife
Shackleton - Archive Series: #1
Shinichi Atobe - Ship-Scope
Uranium Club - Human Exploration
Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes

Carl Newman
, The New Pornographers

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (+Under Color Of Official Right, belatedly)
Katie Von Schleicher - Bleaksploitation

The Butterscotch Cathedral - The Butterscotch Cathedral
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style
Primitive Parts - Primitive Parts
Destroyer - Poison Season
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Miguel - Wildheart
Tame Impala - Currents

With Bob And David, Difficult People, The Leftovers, Fargo, Les Revenants, The Last Man On Earth, Nathan For You, Drunk History, Silicon Valley

Books: (I know, a couple are from 2014, but close enough)

A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James
The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Death Star Troopers - a budget priced Star Wars set with 4 minifigures and a bad-ass laser cannon that feels more integral and well-designed than other small builds.
Black Manta Deep Sea Strike - a sleeper set from DC Comics that has had enduring appeal in this house. 2 undersea vehicles and what seems to be Aquaman's house (?). Don't count out the robo-shark (exclusive to this set)! Scuba Batman a great addition to our 4 other Batmans.
Lego City Deep Sea Explorers Starter Set - Have to give some love to the unlicensed product. A great cheap ($10) entry point to a world that becomes immediately way more expensive. See what happens when the shark takes on robo-shark from Black Manta Deep Sea Strike!
Hulk Lab Smash - featuring Hulk, Falcon, Modok

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2015, in order
1. Patrick
2. Blue
3. Natalie
4. Rian
5. Lombardi
Honourable mention: Robby

Jean-Philippe Aline, Beggars France

favorite city
Paris (75011)

favorite videos

JMSN - Addicted
Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Tinashe - All hands on deck

favorite gigs
JMSN - Boule Noire
SAVAGES - La Route du Rock / La Maroquinerie

favorite albums
KENDRICK LAMAR - To Pimp A Butterfly
PNL - Le Monde Chico
MADONNA - Rebel Heart
CARLA MORRISON - amor supremo
BOMBA ESTERO - amanecer
BJORK - Vulnicura
ALABAMA SHAKES - Sound & Color
LANA DEL REY - Honeymoon
SUFJAN STEVENS - Carrie & Lowell
NATALIE PRASS - Natalie Prass
IBEYI - Ibeyi
US GIRLS - Half Free

favorite restaurants
Tannat - Paris
Soon - Paris
Les Enfants Rouges - Paris
Longman & Eagle - Chicago

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Abra - Roses XOXO (Awful)
Arca - Mutant (Mute)
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)
Bing & Ruth - City Lake (RVNG, Intl.)
Björk - Vulnicura (1 Little Indian)
Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul (RCA)
D'angelo - Black Messiah (RCA)
DJ Richard - Grind (Dial)
Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Columbia)
Eartheater- RIP Chrysalis (Hausu Mountain Records)
Floating Points - Elaenia (Pluto)
Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt (ESGN)
Future - DS2 (Freebands)
Jack Ü - Jack Ü (Mad Decent)
Jamie XX - In Colour (XL Recordings)
JME - Integrity (BBK)
Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness (Domino)
Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots (Broadwalk)
JT The Goon - King Triton (Oil Gang)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Kuedo - Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence (KNIVES)
Levon Vincent - Levon vincent (Novel Sound)
London O'Connor - O?
Mariah - Utakata No Hibi (Palto Flats)
Mas Ysa- Seraph (Downtown)

M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate (PAN)
more eaze - Accidental Prizes
Prequel Tapes - Inner Systems (R’Coupd)
Rabit - Communion (Tri Angle)
Tame Impala - Currents (Modular/Interscope)
The Internet - Ego Death (Columbia)
Various Artists Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1 (PAN)
Young Thug - Barter 6 (300)

Dark0 - Solace (Rinse)
Elf Kid- Golden Boy EP
Galcher Lustwerk - Parlay (Lustwerk Music)
Jack J - Thirstin' (Future Times)
Kamixlo - Demonico EP (PAN)
Kowton Glock & Roll (Whites)
Lechuga Zafiro - Aequs Nyama (Salviatek)
Nao -February 15 EP (Little Tokyo)
Nidia Minaj - Danger (Principe)
New the Pharaoh - Big Tymin
Playboi Carti - Broke Boi
Section Boyz - Lock Arff
Stormzy - everything
Tate Kobang - Bank Rolls Remix (300)

Bankroll Fresh - Bankroll Fresh
Bricc Baby Shitro - Nasty Dealer
Future- 56 Nights
J HUS – The 15th Day
Lil Herb - G Herbo
Lil Simz - Age 101 : Drop 4
Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage
Wiki - Lil Me
MPA Wicced - In The Mean Time
PNL - Que La Famile
Shy Glitzy - For Trappers Only
Various Artists - N.A.A.F.I Pirata 2 (N.A.A.F.I.)
Young M.A. - Sleepwalkin'
Young Thug - Slime Season

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

As is becoming tradition, i've waited until the last minute to try to assemble my year end list. Instead of looking back at the whole year i've decided i'll just look at the records covering my desk. Here are a few i've happened to enjoy playing over the last few weeks.

Peacers - S/T
Jeffrey Cowell - Lucky Strikes And Liquid Gold
Shannon And The Clams - Gone by Dawn
Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time
The Intelligence - Future Vintage
Fuzz - II
Ork Records boxset

To make up for my half-assed list I would like to bless everyone with this amazing jam I recently discovered on Youtube. You're welcome.

Stephen Burhans, Matador Direct

New Releases:
1. Dean McPhee - Fatima's Hand LP (Hood Faire)
2. Ultimate Painting - Green Lanes LP (Trouble In Mind)
3. Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light LP (Drag City)

4. Daniel Bachman - River LP (Three Lobed)
5. Masami Kawaguchi - The Mad Guitar LP (Black Petal)
6. Mdou Moctar - Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai O.S.T. LP (Sahel Sounds)
7. Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals 2015 2xLP (Drag City)
8. Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida LP (Trouble In Mind)
9. The Mantles - All Odds End LP (Slumberland)
Three way tie for 10th place. Obnox - Boogalou Reed LP (12XU)
Obnox - Know America LP
Obnox - Wiglet LP (Ever/Never)

1. Clay Allison - Live At The Electric Banana LP (Boot) *This may have
been a 2014 release
2. Dredd Foole - In Quest Of Tense LP (Feeding Tube)
3. David Westlake - Play Dusty For Me LP (Captured Tracks)
4. Daniel Bachman - Miscellaneous Ephemera and Other Bullshit LP (Feeding Tube)
5. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments - Straight To Video LP (Straight To Video)
6. Les Rallizes Dénudés - Live! '77 2xLP (Victory UK) *No relation to
the Chicago label
7. Tommy McCook - The Sannic Sounds of Tommy McCook LP (Dub Store Japan)
8. Dusty Rhodes - Dusty On The Stick CS (American Dream Tapes)
9. Lilys - Eccsame The Photon Band LP (Frontier)
10. Ork Records 4xLP Box (Numero)

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Things I Enjoyed This Year
Angharad Drake – Majesty

The Apartments – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
Bill Fay - Who Is the Sender?
Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 Collector's Edition

Chris & Cosey – Trance
Cockney Rebel – Cavaliers
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Emmanuelle Parrenin – Maison Rose
Heroin In Tahiti – Sun and Violence
Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love In Me
Iggy Pop - Don’t Look Down
Jackson C Frank – Kimbie
James Ferraro - Skid Row

John Carpenter - Lost Themes Remixed
Known Ocean – Known Ocean
Kurt Vile - b'ieve i'm goin (deep) down…
Mbongwana Star – Kala
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
The Orbweavers - Poison Garden
The Paradise Motel – Aeroplanes

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -

Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, Girl
Floating Points - Elaenia
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
Fluoride - Material
Deaf Wish - Pain
Salad Boys - Metalmania
The Weather Station - Loyalty
Dungen -Allas Sak
Royal Headache - High

Movies -
Mustang, Victoria

Books -
M Train, My Struggle (Book2), 10:04

TV -

Mr. Robot, The Affair, Death Parade

Al Harmon, Beggars Group

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Jamie xx – In Colour
Adele - 25 - I bought the Target Exclusive CD with the bonus tracks. I can’t recall the last time I purchased an actual cd. So glad the Beggars’ office MACs still have a slot for cds. (no shade) Also it was the first time that I have ever been in a Target store. And get this! I play the album a lot but never listen to the bonus tracks.
Hamilton: An American Musical – Lin Manuel Miranda (and cast)

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable – Total fan bias here. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for the win again!

Individual Tracks
Missy Elliot – “WTF (Where They From)”
Kirk Franklin - “When” featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway from Losing My Religion
Dr. Dre featuring Anderson.Paak “Animals” from Compton
Jill Scott – “Jahraymecofasola” from Woman
Lapsley – “Falling Short” from Understudy (EP)
Lianne La Havas – “Good Goodbye” from Blood

Stevie Wonder – “Songs In the Key of Life Tour” – November 24, 2015. – Amazing! Incredible! Diverse crowd of all ages jamming and singing along. And Stevie played for 4 hours and his voice is still golden.

Other random thoughts:
Wimbledon 2015. Finally made it to the All England Club. WOW! Just WOW! Bonus: Serena won (and I saw her first round match!)
Jessica Jones and Daredevil (Netflix) - Not a huge comic book fan but I am loving these Marvel Shows on Netflix.
The Wiz Live didn’t suck.
And the NY Mets made it the World Series.

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Destroyer - Poison Season (Merge)
Rat Columns - Fooling Around (Blackest Ever Black)
Royal Headache - High (What’s Your Rupture)M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate (Pan)

Josh Abrams - Magnetoception (Eremite)
Byron Westbrook - Precipice (Root Strata)
Mikal Cronin - MCIII (Merge)
Dan Melchior / Russell Walker - In Durham LP (Kill Shaman Records)
Anna Caraagnano & Donato Dozzy - Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)
Helen - The Original Faces (Kranky)
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness (Domino)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin’ Bajas - Autoimaginary Drag City)
Metabolismus und Fifty Fifty - A Circle Inside a Square Inside… (Black Sweat Records)
Ellen Fullman - The Long String Instrument (Superior Viaduct) re-issue
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Legacy) 25th Anniversary
Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics (Abduction) LP reissue
Stars of the Lid - The tired sounds of… (Kranky) LP reissue

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Top 10 Instagram accounts for 2015

1. earlboykins
2. al_english (#goodmorningbam)
3. chrissimpsonsartist
4. snoopygrams
5. gifs
6. baloublue
7. fatherjohnmisty
8. miguel
9. goatsofanarchy
10. ziggylepiggy

Blue Kirkhope, Matador Records


Travelling on a Megabus from London to Glasgow and receiving a phone call from none other than Natalie Judge offering me the role at Matador. Best Megabus journey EVER.
Visiting America for the first time - NYC for CMJ. So much fun with the most amazing people.
Meeting Henry Rollins.
Going home to Scotland for my 23rd birthday and exploring the Isle of Skye.
Drinking lots of whisky.
Discovering this video of David Bowie and Mick Jagger (extremely late to the party I know)


Nick Cave @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Suicide @ The Barbican
Deerhunter @ Shepherd’s Bush
Philip Glass @ The Barbican
Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht (best festival ever just FYI)
Built To Spill @ Bi Nuu in Berlin

ALBUMS OF 2015 (in alphabetical order)

Algiers - Algiers
Empress Of - Me
Girls Names - Arms Around a Vision
Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
Marching Church - This World Is Not Enough
Miguel - Wildheart
Nils Frahm - Solo
Ought - Sun Coming Down
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
The Soft Moon - Deeper
Viet Cong - Viet Cong

Widowspeak - All Yours
Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too


David Bowie - Blackstar
Ought - Beautiful Blue Sky
Deerhunter - Snakeskin


This lizard playing leaf guitar.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

My best "stuff" of 2015
-seeing Low Cut Connie cover Harry Nilsson at SXSW
-diving deep into Harry Nilsson

Down Down The Deep River
-Seeing FKA Twigs in Sunset Park and then schooling myself about the amazing word of ball culture/finally watched Paris is Burning
-Documentary: Deli Man
-Kirin J. Callinan's instagram
-Seeing Warpaint in Toronto and catching up with many friends, some I hadn't seen in years
-Capri Social Club
-going back in time and seeing Billy Idol + Culture Club this year
-Tracy Helsing, Rich Roll, Mishka Shubaly - people that inspired me this year
-Prurient at Output

-Superiority Burger

Shira Knishkowy, Matador Records

albums i loved this year and listened to a lot, in no particular order, aside from being alphabetical:

beach slang - the things we do to find people who feel like us

dave rawlings machine - nashville obsolete
dungen - allas sak
floating points - elaenia
hop along - painted shut
kacey musgraves - pageant material
lower dens - escape from evil
jamie xx - in colour
jim o’rourke - simple songs
moon duo - shadow of the sun
royal headache - high
ryan adams - 1989
sleater kinney - no cities to love
sannhet - revisionist
the internet - ego death
the very best - makes a king

Charlie Masure, Beggars France

1. Romare - Projections (Ninja Tune)
2. Algiers - Algiers (Matador)
3. Ivy Lab - 20/20 (20/20 LDN)
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dog Entertainment / Interscope)

5. Glenn Astro - Throwback (Tartelet Records)
6. Contact Field Orchestra - Volume 2 (Hit+Run)
7. Chassol - Big Sun (Tricatel)
8. Kahn.Commodo.Gantz - Volume 1 (Deep Medi Musik)
9. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (Rough Trade)
10. STUFF. - STUFF. (Buteo Buteo)

Emmaline McCourt
, Matador Records

Ten Eleven Great Albums of 2015
1. Royal Headache - High (What’s Your Rupture?)
2. Jamie xx - In Colour (Young Turks)
3. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
4. Gun Outfit - Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)
5. S. Araw “Trio” XI - Gazebo Effect (Drag City)
6. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style (Matador)
7. Black Time - Aerial Gobs of Love (Forbjudna Ljud)
8. Baba Commandant and the Mandigo Band - Juguya (Sublime Frequencies)
9. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
10. Thee Arcadians - We Have Come For Your Parents (Feeding Tube)
11. Personable - New Lines (Peak Oil)

Five Comically Tragic Moments of 2015
1. The Chipotle E-Coli Outbreak
2. Losing my Dick Diver pin at a Majical Cloudz show

3. The great Pitchfork record fair flood
4. Deciding to name my bowling team Dolphin Pizza Gutz
5. Doing my taxes the day my wisdom teeth were removed

Five Memorable Show Experiences of 2015

1. Road tripping to Boston to see my friends Boom Said Thunder and Ghost Box Orchestra play with Major Stars at the Middle East Upstairs
2. (Most likely) being the youngest person in attendance for Lilys at Baby’s All Right
3. Complete playing Hoogie-Boogie Land before my very eyes at Union Pool
4. Those few months I pretty much only saw Australian bands (The Cannanes, Deaf Wish, Courtney Barnett…to name only a few)
5. Running into my high school physics teacher at The Ex and Ken Vandermark show at Bell House

And finally...Top Three Moments Celebrating Other People’s Life Events in 2015

1. Being a Groomsmaid in my roommates’ wedding...

2. Watching a couple people I went to college with become priests…

3. Catching this bouquet…

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars Group

Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Natalie Prass - S/T
Jamie xx - In Colour
D’Angelo - Black Messiah
Justin Bieber - “What Do You Mean?" (s/o to Matt Harmon)
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Lower Dens - Escape From Evil
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Christine & The Queens - “Jonathan" (feat. Perfume Genuis)
Kurt Vile - b’lieve i’m going down…
Bjork - Vulnicura
Ryan Adams - 1989

Robby Morris
, Matador Records

dick diver,
floating points,
nicolas jaar,
oneohtrix point never,
royal headache,
kamasi washington,

the weather station

Angelica Pasquini, Beggars Group
Top 10 Anonymous Complaints & Questions of 2015:

10. “Ugh…. Why is the maintenance guy is always cleaning the bathroom when I have to use it?”
9. “Do you have any other kinds of candy? I don’t like this kind.”
8. “Can you stop buying this candy? I eat it too much.” (same person as #9)
7. “What should I have for lunch?” *gets a suggestion* “Mmm…No….”
6. “Ugh…Wow…This driver is an idiot. I have to walk around the corner to get to the (free) Uber.”
5. “Could you look up what kind of pen this is and order it? *hands over a pen*
4. “Where can I find an ATM?”
3. “It’s really dark above my desk. Thanks.”
2. “What is my password?”
1. “Is this PR consulting?”

Gonzalo Schiafinno, Everlasting Popstock

SEASICK STEVE - Sonic Soul Surfer
COURTNEY BARNETT - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
HOUNDMOUTH - Little Neon Light
ALABAMA SHAKES - Sound And Color
JIM O’ROURKE - Simple Songs
BILL FAY - Who Is The Sender
FAITH NO MORE - Sol Invictus
CHRISTOPHER OWENS - Chriss Baby Forever
RICKIE LEE JONES - The Other Side Of Desire

RYLEY WALKER - Primrose Green
MARK LANEGAN - Houston: Publishing Demos 2002
KURT VILE - B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down
JOSEPH ARTHUR - Days Of Surrender
KEITH RICHARDS - Crosseyed Heart
TEN COMMANDOS - Ten Commandos
JOSH RITTER - Sermon On The Rocks

Albums From Spain
GUADALUPE PLATA - Guadalupe Plata (2015)
CRUDO PIMENTO - Fania Helvete

To Discover

ROLLING STONES - Sticky Fingers
MARK LANEGAN - One Way Street (Box Set)


Catálogo Irracional - Ignacio Juliá (Best book ever written about Lou Reed)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group
These are my favorite records of 2015, in no particular order except to say that Dick Diver made (by far) my favorite record of the year:

Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida
Jim O’Rourke - Simple Songs
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

Future - DS2
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
Dr. Dre - Compton
Mikal Cronin - MCIII

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group


Meg Baird - Don’t Weigh Down the Light
Dungen - Allas Sak
Chris Forsyth / Koen Holtkamp - The Island
Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun
Jim O’Rourke - Simple Songs
Ty Segal - Ty Rex
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green

BoJack Horseman
The Great British Baking Show
The Leftovers
Mr. Robot
Peaky Blinders
Show Me A Hero
Silicon Valley

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

Greatest 1980s Hardcore Songs:

10. The F.U.'s - C.E.T.A. Suckers
9. Raw Power - Don't Let Me See It
8. The Middle Class - Out Of Vogue (even though it's from 1979)
7. Negative FX - Might Makes Right fragment
6. Discharge - Doomsday
5. Sorry - cover of Minor Threat Filler from last show cassette

4. The Fix - No Idols
3. Angry Samoans - Steak Knife
2. SS Decontrol - Nothing Done
1. Government Issue - Blending In

Gerard Cosloy
, Matador Records

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets (Harbinger Sounds)

75 Dollar Bill - Wooden Bag (Other Music)
Golden Pelicans - Oldest Ride, Longest Line (Total Punk)
Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida (Trouble In Mind)
Obnox - Wiglet (Ever/Never)
Life Stinks - You’ll Never Make It (S-S)
Institute - Catharsis (Sacred Bones)
Joan Shelley - Over & Even (No Quarter)
Spray Paint - Punters On A Barge (Homeless)
Ultimate Painting - Green Lanes (Trouble In Mind)
Stickmen With Ray Guns - Grave City (End Of An Ear)

Salad Boys - Metalmania (Trouble In Mind)
Video - The Entertainers (Third Man)
Thee Speaking Canaries - Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock (Chunklet)
Scharpling & Wurster - The Best Of The Best Show (Numero)
Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Waxahatchee - Ivy Trip (Merge)
Destruction Unit - Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones)
The Lloyd Pack - A Tribute (Amish)
Mint Mile - In Season & Ripe (Comedy Minus One)
Icepick -Amaranh (Astral Spirits/Monofonus Press)
Power - Electric Glitter Boogie (Cool Death)

Diãt - Positive Energy (Iron Lung)
Motherfucker - Confetti (Sick Room)
Anthony Pasquarosa - Morning Meditations (Vin Du Select Qualitite)
The Barreracudas - Can Do Easy (Oops Baby)
Black Time - Aerial Gobs Of Love (Förbjudna Ljud)
V/A - We're Loud (90's Cassette Punk Unknowns) (Slovenly/Black Gladiator)


Black Panties - "Prophet Of Hate" b/w "Violence" (Total Punk)
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing - "Nine Of Swords" b/w "Ng." (Crane Fortune)
Savoy Motel - "Souvenir Shop Rock" b/w "Hot One" (Official Memorabilia)
Mystic Inane - "Eggs Onna Plate" 7" (Lumpy)
Dan Melchoir & Russell Walker - "Sad Son-In-Law" b/w "I Could Sit Here Forever" (Kill Shaman)
Uranium Orchard - "Unchurched Shitheads" (Cold Vomit)


ISS - s/t (Loki)
Rik & The Pigs - s/t (Lumpy)
Homostupids - sleepy time music man tape (Outsider Tapes)

live : Flesh Eaters, Great American Music Hall, January,

Deaf Wish, Trailer Space, Austin, October
Golden Pelicans, Will's Pub, Orlando, March,
Xylouris White, Bowery Ballroom, February
Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, over and over again, various Austin locations
Wrekmeister Harmonies, The Owl, Chicago, April
Sissy Spacek, Elk's Lodge, Cambridge, July
Mordecai, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
Big Zit, Mohawk, Austin, June
Watery Love, Rickshaw Stop, SF, July
Musk, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
The Grifters, Beerland, Austin, November

big screen : "The Entertainment", "The Overnighters"|

small screen : "Rick & Morty", "The Leftovers", "Nathan For You"

book : Richard Price - "The Whites" (Holt & Company)

2016 look out below dept : Lung Letters (Austin), Borzoi (Austin), Wet Ones (K.C.), Slimy Member (Dallas), Dalton Castle (Catalina Island)

Who Amongst Us Has Not Projectile Vomited Upon Seeing David Coverdale Perform?

(because you've already heard far too much Whitesnake in your lifetime, here's The Sickness, instead)

I'd make a pretty good Lionel Huntz, but more importantly, the South Wales Argus reports a Whitesnake concert goer is suing after slipping in a pile of puke at a show last December.

Lindy Butcher, 39, went to the gig with her friend Caroline Burns and was walking to the Loft Bar in Newport Leisure Centre when she said she slipped and her feet went from under her, causing her to fall and land on both knees.

She said she was helped up by a man at the gig, on December 7, 2011, who told her she had fallen in sick.

Ms Butcher, who was not drinking as she was driving them both home that night and had flat-soled Converse trainers on, said: “It was horrifying, you don’t expect to fall in someone’s vomit.”

Ms Butcher, landlady at the Cwmcarn Hotel,was cleaned up with disinfectant, she says. She missed the start of the concert as she had to go to the first aid room and spoke to the front desk to explain what had happened. She then sat down to let Miss Burns enjoy the concert. Ms Butcher’s tickets were refunded as a goodwill gesture.

A claim filed against Newport council said she suffered bruising and soreness to her knees as well as pain through her neck and shoulders and muscle spasms between her ribs.

Damian Abraham on TV, every Wednesday at 10 PM

photo by Jess Baumung

We are excited to announce that Damian Abraham of Fucked Up has his own TV show. That's right, he'll be appearing on Canada's MuchMusic network every Wednesday night at 10 PM, as host of the relaunched Wedge. The Wedge is all original music programming, and Damian's encyclopedic knowledge of underground music history (and indeed mainstream music history) is sure to make the show engrossing and entertaining in equal measures.

“The Wedge played a huge part in my musical development,” said Damian Abraham, host of revamped series The Wedge. “I’m honoured to be able to have the same impact on a new generation of music fans.”

Full press release here.

Gremlins say that FU might be recording a new studio album for release this year. coverage of Matador at 21 continues!

photo by Reuben Cox

Pitchfork's been chronicling a sneak peek into the experience that was Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes action by heading over to Pitchfork TV where they're rolling out documentary footage from "The Lost Weekend" as we speak. Right now you can watch Chris Lombardi and Fucked Up's Damian Abraham take you on a tour of the concert grounds (from the Pearl Ballroom to the Hardwood Suite) , Girls' Christopher Owens performing new tracks in a bathtub, Fucked Up and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists engaging in a legendary battle of the bands, and most recently:

Damian on The Old Strip:

Bob Nastanovich - The Gambler:

Kurt Vile - "Hunchback" (at the Palms Ballroom):

Times New Viking - "Natural Resources, I Love Mine" (at the Palms Ballroom):

The Clean - "Anything Could Happen" (at the Palms Ballroom):

Keep up with Pitchfork for Matador at 21 videos.

Myspace Music also covered the event with live concert highlights from Pavement, Come, Chavez, Fucked Up, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Shearwater, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, Sonic Youth and more.

Shearwater take a trip to Europe

Not wanting to feel left out of the summer fun, Shearwater will be heading over for a visit to Europe in July and August with visits to some rather intimate UK venues and to play as part of a special show at London's (amazing) Barbican Theatre featuring 13 of Andy Warhol's screen shots being accompanied by live music.

They'll also be spreading some peace and love/playing songs from their most recent and most excellent album The Golden Archipelago at a bunch of festivals around mainland Europe.

To be even more helpful, here's a full list of all the shows that I've just been hinting at...
23rd - De Affaire, Nijmegen
24th - Boomtown Festival, Gent
25th - Pop aan Zee, Domburg
26th - Paradiso, Amsterdam
27th - Audio, Brighton
28th - Stereo, Glasgow
29th - St. Bonaventures, Bristol
30th - The Barbican Theatre, London
31st - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st - The Railway, Winchester
4th - Hana B, Marina di Ravenna
5th - Ampere, Munich
6th - Das Bett, Frankfurt
7th - Beatpol, Dresden
8th - Off Festival, Katowice
9th - Comet, Berlin
10th - Uebel & Gefaehrlich (Turmzimmer), Hamburg
12th - Loppen, Copenhagen
13th - Oya @ John Dee, Oslo
14th - Way Out West, Gothenburg

Oh indie retail... how we love thee...

Because just when we thought you couldn't go and get any better, you go ahead and do something totally awesome like making this killer Yo La Tengo window display to celebrate today's release of "Popular Songs."


So if you find yourself in Bloomington, Indiana and you happen to pass by Landlocked Music be sure to stop in and tell them that we love them... very, very much.

Rage Against The Cage

Hailing from the post-authenticity capital of America, Rage Against The Cage answers the age old question - "What do you get when you boil down the absolute essentials of STP, Candlebox and Collective Soul?"

Full streaming action and lyrics -

The Chelsea Arts Club

Patrick Hughes "Sunlight"

When Chris comes to London, he stays at the Chelsea Arts Club, for some ridiculous rate like £36 a night. He does get a tiny garret room with the bathroom down the hall, but it comes with original Patrick Hughes works hanging next to the bed, and an incredible bar with a massive snooker table, and full of eccentric English types getting totally hammered.

The club was founded by James McNeil Whistler in 1891 as a reaction to the stodgy Arts Club in Mayfair, and cultivates a generally raffish, no dress-up personality. It is crammed to the gills with amazing artwork. Members include Peter Blake (who designed Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), Glen Baxter, Gerald Scarfe, and others. It's in a low, unpretentious white stucco building on a side street in Chelsea, with a small and inconspicuous door.

Taxpayers Oughta Know - How Much Of Our Defense Budget Is Spent On Dry Ice?

Much as I hate to poke fun at the brave men and women who constitute our nation's armed forces, Max Impact --- a self-described combination of "today's hip-hop, pop and urban sounds-and everything in between" --- might be the first entry in a genre I like to call, "Bands That Can Form The Basis For A Future Earles & Jensen Phone Call".   From the M.I. bio  (link swiped from Wired)

Max Impact answers the call to motivate and inspire the newest generation of professional Airmen. To achieve maximum results Max Impact stays on the leading edge of the ever-changing pop music scene while projecting the highest standards of Air Force professionalism. Optimal delivery is the name of Max Impact's game when it comes to serving its audience. With innovative style and boundless energy, Max Impact commands the stage encouraging every Airman to embrace the spirit and join the fun. 

2008 - The Year In <strike>Self Congratulation</strike> Music : Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Feel The Need To Share

(work crews feverishly prepare for the announcement of just what we've been watching and eating in 2008)

Every December I send out a rambling, somewhat desperate electronic message to the Matador artist roster (well, most of 'em) along w/ label staff and our Beggars' colleagues, begging for their favorite people/places/things/records/memories from the year about to conclude. We've got our longest list of best-of's so far, though keep in mind, if Gabe and Dave's submissions were edited, we'd be back to our mid '90's brevity all over again. Read 'em and weep, after the jump - G.C.

Jonah Falco, Fucked Up

Top Ten times I wished I was dead on tour this year:

10 - Zurich: Band mates spread false rumours on the internet about my other band breaking up right before a 2.5 week tour of the UK. Rash of confused emails from every promoter arrives, wine spills all over my brand new shirt. The stain is in the shape of Lake Eerie.
9 - Glasgow: I send our driver to the wrong airport to pick us up and as a result we have to sneak into T in the Park festival and almost miss our set. Walked into Rage Against the Machine's backstage area but no one would play me at Ping Pong.
8 - Anytown: Damian tucks his penis between his legs to make a Mangina while facing the drums, but it pops out like springy snakes in a fake can of Cashews and I drop my sticks in the middle of "Crusades."
7 - New York City: Hour 6 and onward at the 12 hour gig. My joints are all the size of grapefruits from playing so hands still haven't recovered. Playing a show the next night and having a bouncer advise me to "Do Well" because his friends "The Hell's Angels" were there.
6 - Buffalo: We actually found a portion of Buffalo that didn't look like the scene in Dresden from the film version of Slaughterhouse 5, but ate Chinese Food that was about the equivalent taste to a condom filled with mealworms.
5 - Playing a house show, I get hit in the face with a firm object and start to bleed. I look at my snare and it's a sneaker, I look up and some rotten faced, scabby bastard is smiling at me giving the finger.
4 - Madrid: Developing a cold, bloated, and sitting backstage eating pieces of Salami, Sandy says "look behind you" and there are 5 cockroaches descending on me like the tarantulas in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
3 - Basque Country: Playing with the Adolescents and shouting "WHERE ARE THE ADOLESCENTS????" at the dinner table as they all quietly dined RIGHT BESIDE ME. Casey Royer threw me into a black hole later.
2 - Philadephia: Invited to do a DJ set, I basically drag the whole band to some shit bar in downtown Philly, play some songs, drink lots, and get REALLY into it, dancing etc...A few weeks later I find out the entire band had been calling me "Carlton" since.
1 - Over the past year: Ben pukes blood, Sandy gets a kidney stone, Mike gets a lightbulb in the face, Josh nearly dies from getting dosed with Crack, Damian nearly bleeds to death in Calgary.......I lie in wait.

Andrew Earles’ personal highlights of 2008…in no order.

1. Reading, or finally reading, Brock Yates’ Cannonball! The World’s Greatest Outlaw Road Race, Josh Alan Friedman’s Tales of Times Square, When Sex Was Dirty, and Tell The Truth Until They Bleed, various writers’ The Best American Crime Reporting 2008, James Lee Burke’s The Neon Rain and Jesus Out To Sea, current and back issues of the excellent Stop Smiling magazine, various writers’ A Prisoner of Memory, various writers’ The Blue Religion, Bill Buford’s Among the Thugs, Robert S. McNamara’s In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, Joe Carducci’s Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That…, Mirielle Silcoff’s Urban Animals: A Comic Field Guide, Jim Harrison’s A Good Day to Die, James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss and Dancing Bear, Thomas Berger’s Who is Teddy Villanova, Don Herron’s Willeford, and Bill Pronzini’s Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the Worst in Crime Fiction.
2. Boris “Smile” (the 2LP version…stateside, Southern Lord).

3. Torche “Meanderthal” (Hydra Head)
4. Geisha “Die Verbrechen der Liebe” (Crucial Blast)
5. Ian Christie’s Bazillion Points book publishing imprint.
6. TAD: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears – A no-bullshit look at what happened to four guys who were not overly eccentric, psychotic, schizophrenic…this films distance from the uninspired, wallowing, contrived and unending parade of documentaries about musical “outsiders”…probably one big reason I dug it so much.
7. Metallica “…And Justice for All” (half-speed masters, 45 RPM, 4x12” reissue box set…Warner Bros.) - My ears are closed to the resounding protests of the misguided masses, for THIS is the best Metallica album.
8. Finding my once-lost copy of The Embarrassment’s 2 CD compilation “Heyday: 1979 – 1983” (Bar No…well, eBay or Amazon)
9. Making some serious headway with on my collection of Charles Willeford titles (a financially-backhanded thanks to and eBay)
10. Surviving a particularly brutal and terrifying bout of appendicitis.
11. Pyramids s/t (Hydra Head)
12. The Crucial Blast label.
13. The 3 CD Big Dipper anthology (Merge)
14. The release of “Earles and Jensen Present…Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 & 2 (The Greatest Prank Calls Ever!)”
15. My new (for 2008) Schwinn “Trail Way” dual-purpose/hybrid MULTISPEED bicycle.
16. Neil Hamburger “Sings Country Winners” (Drag City)
17. My sincere and deep enjoyment of the following movies and TV shows: Shooter, There Will Be Blood, UKM: The Ultimate Killing Machine, Role Models, Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFO’s, Season 5 of The Wire, UFO Files, MonsterQuest, the hilarious Burn Notice, and The Strangers (a simple and mostly non-violent horror film that scared and troubled me to the core…this is the way it should be done). I’m forgetting so many….
18. Becoming a hermit or at least cutting the social activity by about 75%

Ben Cook, Fucked Up

1. Hooking up with the little guy from Set Your Goals in San Fran, and not telling anyone.
2. Being so close to Beyonce @ BBC I could smell her.
3. Asking the singer of Hercules & Love Affair to go on a rollercoaster with me in Holland. I love you. Call me ?
4. Copenhagen
5. Scootie/D.T.F
6. Mariah E=Mc2
7. Newcastle, Where's my leather jacket? Eff you.
8. Stephen Ireland
9. Smoking Crack in Barcelona
10. Valentina

Thurston Moore, the sonik-youth

1. Eight Miles High (Das Wilde Leben) - German movie about Uschi Obermaier,
super 60s Rolling Stones groupie who was a commune radical in Berlin.
2. Let the Right One in (Låt den rätte komma in) - Norwegian movie about a
12 yr old boy who is bullied and meets a friend - a 12 yr old vampire girl.
Sweet and sticky.
3. The Savage Detectives - Robert Bolano - fiction book. 18 year old Mexico
City poet dude falls in with weirdo literary gang who call themselves the
Visceral Realists. Funny, strange, sexy - kickass book - looking forward to
his next one (Bolano's dead) - just came out, titled: 2666
4. Noise Nomads - solo noise dude runs the Bonescraper cassette label and is
killer artist. His performances are surreal disconnections of true noise
physicality. A lot of heart.
5. Uneven Universe - duo from Michigan using saxophones and junk sound. Dan
“Dude” Dlugosielski and Hellfire Holly. Dan runs the ExciteBike (EXBX)
label. Both are also in Cardboard Sax with Wolf Eyes' John Olson. Check it:

The Evolution of A Cro-Magnon - memoir by John Joseph, singer of the
Cro-Mags. Kinda like the Ringolevio of the early 80s NYC hardcore scene. And
written in a super-1st person narrative where he will, while talking about
someone, call that person out ("Hey Vinnie, if yr reading this, get in touch
man, gotta work some shit out") - not a direct quote but like that.
Harrowing pre-teen urban nightmare life saved by an epiphany at a
Faith/Untouchables/Bad Brains gig in Virginia. A gripper.

Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai


1 Hunger the amazing debut film by (the English) Steve McQueen
2 Remember Remember by Remember Remember lp (apologies for Rock Action nepotism)
3 The Dark Knight film
4 Bon Iver album album
5 Kick Ass comic by Mark Millar
6 Celtic winning the league on the last day of the season
7 Neon Neon lp
8 The Earth album
9 The Shellac album
10 Waltz with Bashir film

Gregg Foreman, Cat Power / The Rare Birds

2.Jukebox ( of course ) Cat Power
3.Endless Boogie
4.Gary Numan - Replicas reissue

5.My Bloody Valentine @ Roskilde
6.Beach House - live in London
7.DIg Lazurus Dig - Bad Seeds
8.Beachwood Sparks - Live in Philadelphia
9.The Photography of Piper Ferguson
10.Cat Power . Spiritualized . Bad Seeds @ Hollywood Bowl

Barry Burns, Mogwai

1. Promo of Scottish band De Rosa's new album called Prevention on Chemikal
Underground Records. If I like it, it's bound to sell literally hundreds, of
2. Gladly having to cut short a tour in the spastic fuckhole that is
America, thank fuck for drummers with serious heart issues.
3. The credit brunch, it's what's for dinner.
4. Russia's return to groupthink idiocy.
5. The end to the win-able dual wars on terror and drugs, finally! The
streets are dry.

6. A rediscovery of the band called Crystallized Movements (you know, from
the past)
7. Christopher Hitchens and (nearly) everything he says. Especially about
Diana, our dead princess. A great orator.
8. The re-emergence of the non-mild winter in Glasgow. It's fucking baltic
here again and quite rightly, that's why I bought an unfashionable North
Face coat. Last year, wearing that jacket, I temporarily looked like a long
haired mutt hanging out a warm Ford.
9. That new president guy you got that isn't a primate's skinbag rash.
10. The late discovery of both The Wire and The Sopranos. Don't even try to
tell me they're shite, over here we're stuck with EastEnders, the
omnipresent Michael Caine and a stupid non-biased, un-entertaining and
factual media which is apparently the envy of the world. But they don't tell
you that on TV.

Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater
I. Music

1. Pekos/Yoro Diallo (Yalla Yalla recs)
2. Lost Wisdom by Mt Eerie w/ Julie Doiron and Fred Squire
3. Do It! by Clinic
4. Wild Combination (Arthur Russell bio-film)
5. 44 duets for violin by Bela Bartok, performed live before our show at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
6. Wild applause from thousands every time I said "this is our last song, Coldplay is next!"

II. Hyphenated Books

1. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon - A Journey through Yugoslavia by Rebecca West
2. The Civil War - A Narrative (3 Vols.) by Shelby Foote
3. American Buffalo - In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella

III. Wildlife

1. Black Bear (my first), near Saugerties, NY
2. dozens of Red Kites soaring over the M40, UK
3. captive Striated Caracara ‘Sirius’, Hawk Conservancy, Andover, UK
4. hybrid Golden-Fronted/Red-Bellied Woodpecker, on the feeder in our front yard, Austin TX
5. Family of Gray Foxes in the vacant lot across the street (my neighbor leaves bread for them at night)

Nathan Shineywater, Brightblack Morning Light


"The cover of our Lp features the feathers of the Red Guilded
Spricker, a woodpecker who would wake us all up in the mornings by
hammering the roof. I couldn't figure out what to do so I checked out
a book at the library on local birds, and read that this bird
'sometimes sleeps in warm window ledges if a suitable nest has not
been made on time.' So then I realized he was sleeping outside of the
window. This year he's returned & made a huge hole in the roof, now
living inside the adobe. I'm glad to see him again!"

Jeffrey Jensen

Mario Chalmers miraculous 3-point shot. He’ll never pay full price for an independently produced 7 inch single in that town for the rest of his life.
KU embarrassing North Carolina in the final four. Man, that was a long time coming. Watching Roy get interviewed during the finals wearing a Jayhawk was sweet. The outrage it caused among UNC alums…icing kid…straight up icing.
Men who look like old lesbians dot com. This is old news to some but I just discovered it this year.
King of Kong-DVD
Jimmy Kimmel Live-Yes, there are way too many empty-headed “actors and actresses” featured and yes, 95 percent of the music guests suck and yes, Uncle Frank and Guillermo aren’t that funny and yes, sometimes the whole show has an off-putting “we’re mean spirited post-swing revival jocks” vibe. BUT the monologue is still the most consistently funny 15 minutes on TV plus the Cousin Sal and Jake Byrd bits are genius (youtube them if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
Can’t stop the bleeding dot com. Considering that our Chief G. Cosloy runs the ship over there this a little interbred and brown-nosery. BUT this mega-blog is a very impressive accomplishment EVERY DAY. Makes me feels genuinely less guilty for the amount of time I devote to the world of sports.

Juniors Restaurant in Brooklyn. The food is awful but it draws the best assortment of true characters in NYC. Go there to drink booze or eat sweets and play cards. Try the Hoboken (chocolate ice cream with pineapple syrup). Yes, I’m old and fat.
Full 75-game run of Ken Jennings Jeopardy appearances on the Game Show Network. Could I think of something more constructive to do with my free time than Tivo Jeopardy and match my wits against trivia god Ken Jennings by actually scoring my own answers along with his everyday? Probably.
Neil Hamburger Plays Country Winners. Arguably his worst offering so far but this is the only “new” record I think I actually bought this year. Yes, that says a lot about Neil Hamburger and the state of music but I think it says more about how little I care anymore.
Uncle Floyd Vivino performs at Collucci's in North Haledon New Jersey every Tuesday night.
The Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. I love sports halls of fame, this one is pretty small and kinda stuffy BUT a wing devoted to Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King? Wowzers!!!
Visiting Saratoga Springs Racetrack. VERY crowded VERY blue-blooded and insultingly expensive to visit. But never having been there it lived up to my huge expectations just based on the beauty of the track itself.
The moment where Chris “Mad Dog” Russo broke down and cried during his farewell broadcast of the Mike and Mad Dog show.
Fried asparagus rolls from the venerable E. Village sushi haunt Sapporo East. Maybe my favorite food item in the world. If I were forced to pick a dish for competitive eating this is it.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Are these fat boys actually funnier than me? Maybe…hmmm…maybe.
Building my biz to the point where I don’t actually have to work shifts on my taco truck.
The inspiring and unexpected performance from Fernando Tatis.
Jonathan King-King of Hits 8 CD comp. How many artists deserve and 8 CD retrtospective? This is so good.
Last but not least Earles and Jensen present…Just Farr a Laugh The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever Vols. 1 & 2.

Damian Abraham, Fucked Up

Top Ten Things I didn't Do In 2009 That I Should Have Done to be a better person...
10) Try "Drank"
9) See Dark Knight in the Theatre
8 Hear "Chinese Democracy"
7) Play "Grand Theft Auto IV"
6) Lose money in the stock market
5) Get a pizza from that new place on Ossington
4) Watch Rage Against The Machine (when we played a festival with them)
3) Start watching Saturday Night Live again
2) Fall in love with / totally hate (insert band name here)
1)Vote for Obama (I'm Canadian)

Jennifer O'Connor

Spiritualized - Songs in A & E
Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Damien Jurado - Caught In The Trees
making a record with John Agnello
Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak
Estelle - "American Boy"
Deerhunter - Microcastles
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
Jay Reatard- both singles collections
touring with the Amy Ray band
putting out a Dump 7" on Kiam
Barack Obama
The Replacements re-issues
Rhianna - "Disturbia"
Lil Wayne feat Jay-Z - "Mr. Carter"
Coldplay - "Lost"
All 5 seasons of the Wire
T.I. featuring Rhianna - "Live Your Life"

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Antietam, Opus Mixtum (Carrot Top LP)
Lambchop, OH (Ohio) (Merge LP)

Why?, Alopecia (Anticon LP)
Times New Viking, Rip It Off (Matador LP)
Fucked Up, Year of the Pig (Matador EP)
Madlib, Presents WLIB AM - King Of The Wigflip (Stones Throw LP)
Devin Flynn and Gary Panter, Devin and Gary Go Outside (Picture Box LP)
Anne Bacheley, Headquarters (no label LP)
Eddie Marcon, Kao Ga Iru (Pong Kong EP)
Mudhoney, The Lucky Ones (Sub Pop LP) + "Street Waves" (Sub Pop 7")

Mark Ibold, Sonic Youth / Pavement

Cacio e Pepe-- classic "easy" Roman pasta. One day i'll get it right...
Knyfe Hyts --"smoke the milk"
Mickey One-- new (sony?) print intro'd by Tom Surgal at Anthology
Tretorn-- classic tennis sneaker reissue
Montreal food scene--- Liverpool House, J. Beef, l'Express, Schwartz', Kitchen club
Atwater, Jean-Talon, so much more...
Sic Alps- "US EZ" lp on Siltbreeze
Thai food blog-- from photographer Austin Bush. i gotta go to BKK!!
Pension Briol-- Dolomiti--- worth hiking to, but if you have kids you can hire an SUV
to get you there....
Rivendell bikes -- one day I'll own one, but until then I'll buy parts!
Mississippi records-- haven't heard 'em all, but love the 4 that I have...
Ojai Pixie Tangerines-- sometimes small as a quarter! Order early in season from Friends Ranch, Ojai, CA

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group

Beachwood Sparks at Maxwell's
Book Club (started with 10 members; now at 3)

The Faces reunite / plan '09 tour (99% chance I take this one back in '09; for now I remain optimistic)
Five Live Yardbirds LP
Greenpoint Y
Harmonica (learning to play much to delight of roommates and neighbors)
Mad Men
Shearwater at (Le) Poisson Rouge
Technicolor Web of Sound Radio
Vetiver - Thing Of The Past

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

1) anticipation of becoming a mother in mid-January
2) Being at SNL with Vampire Weekend and the after party and the after-after party
3) FILM - "The First Saturday In May" - about the Kentucky Derby - amazing!!!
4) ALBUM - Beach House - Devotion
5) Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
6) The National & REM at Madison Square Garden
7) Jacques Torres' Hot Chocolate
8 ALBUM - Bonnie Prince Billy - Lie Down In The Light
9) Seeing Jarvis Cocker & Spiritualized in the same week
10) hand dipped salted caramels from Nunu/bittersweet chocolate tiles topped with grey sea salt from poco dolce in SF

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Popstock Distribuciones (Spain)
Best of the year in no particular order except # 1

# 1 Next year: 2009

- Berlin’s release through Matador. Lou Reed in Malaga (final date Berlin’s tour)
- Tom Waits @ Kursaal (San Sebastian)
- Tribu Fandango (
- Feed Back: The Velvet Underground: legend, truth by Ignacio Julia (book)
- Cave Singers (artist, record)
- Eli Paperboy Reed (artist, record, show)
- Messi & Barça (football)
- Californication (TV)
- Zoe y Luca (my sons)
- Ondiñas do Mendo (I insist. If you are in Madrid and want the best tapas in town this is your place!))

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Neurosis and Mastodon, two nights at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple - As much as I love seeing Mastodon, Neurosis owned these two cold nights in January.
Mates of State - "Re-Arrange Us" - Yeah yeah yeah. I love this album. Riding your bike over the bridge, you can hardly tell that you're harmonizing out of tune.
Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" and "Sun Giant" and like 5 times in concert - Yeah yeah yeah to a lesser extent. Seriously though, I don't think there was a better bunch of songs or singing this year. And this:
Fucked Up - "The Chemistry of Common Life" - Such a great album. Pop songs also, really.
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park and live on a rooftop - Heartbreaking sounds, really beautiful. Live performances in '09!

Hamlet 2 - The best movie I've seen in the theater in a long time. Very laughy
the Jay Reatards live. so good. Billy is the best drummer.
All Tomorrow's Parties at Kutsher's - My dad played baseball here in his youth (JKJKheadbobJKLOL). That's actually true though.
Chairlift - Does You Inspire You - Really pretty and catchy
Girls (the band) - watch out for them in 2009. It's going to happen.
True Panther Sounds and Dean Bean Bein - Great label, better dude.
girls (not the band)
Kleenex Girl Wonder (not Girls, or girls) - Mrs. Equitone - Reconnecting with genius of Graham Smith was one of the year's most pleasant surprises.
Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter 3 - It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good. Rotten year for hip hop, kinda.
Times New Viking - Rip It Off - Midwest rock record of the year. They are destroying minds in concert right now too.
Monotonix live - Could be terrible, is actually excellent.
The 2007-08 NBA Champion Boston Celtics - I can't believe how hard I was rooting for a Boston team. Ray Ray got a ring though!!! Also, would they have won that series if his jumper had never returned? No chance.
Mario Chalmers - I can't believe I rooted for the Jayhawks. Also, Memphis lost that game at line.
The Muslims changing their name to the Soft Pack - Christmas comes early!!
King Khan and the Shrines "secret show" at Don Pedros after they played the Sea Port. WOW
Meneguar and and Oxford Collapse making the best records of the mid-'90s of 2008. Both really really great.
THE VIVIAN GIRLS - 2008 touchstone, to be sure.
Moving to the city
Moving two doors down from Hospital Productions
Getting to write a top ten list for the Matador website

Brigitte Green, Beggars Group (in no particular order)

1. Yo La Tengo, last McCarren pool party
2. Let The Right One In
3. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
4. Obama!!!
5. The Dark Knight
6. Endless Boogie at 58 Cole St / JC
7. Louis Bourgeois retrospective at Guggenheim - sorry if you missed it
8. Deerhunter: Microcastle / Weird Era Cont
9. True Blood
10. saying farewell to my 20s

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Favorite music put out there in 2008 (in no order)

"Wagonwheel Blues" by War on Drugs (Secretly Canadian)
"Nighthawks" by Teen Getaway (self-released EP)
"Get Awkward" by Be Your Own Pet (Ecstatic Peace/XL)
"We Got It For Cheap Vol III" by Re-up Gang (Re-up Gang Records)
"Dear Science" by TV On The Radio (Interscope/4AD)
"Love Is Overtaking Me" by Arthur Russell (Audika Records)
"Gnawa All Stars" comp (John John Records)
"Obsession" comp (Bully Records)
Unnamed mixtape procured from van driver in Morocco featuring Oudaden, Ahouzar and Izenzar

Favorite anti-social networking moments in 2008

1. Fucked Up not having a MySpace profile
2. Never once Twittering
3. Geoff Travis asking me what Twittering is all about
4. Arthur Magazine inspiring me to delete my personal MySpace profile

Favorite book: The Bro Code (given to me as a gift from Lesley)

Jeremy Goldstein, Beggars Group

Top-10 albums of 2008:
1. The Music - Strength In Numbers
2. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
3. Darker My Love - 2
4. Pendulum - In Silico
5. Shearwater - Rook

6. People In Planes - Beyond The Horizon
7. Sigur Ros - með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
8. Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
9. Metallica - Death Magnetic
10. Longwave - Secrets Are Sinister

Top-10 things of 2008

1. Getting married
2. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

3. Getting married
4. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

5. Getting married
6. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

7. Getting married
8. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
9. Getting married

10. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Top-10 food items of 2008

1. Mushroom ravoli at Tra Vigne. Best. Reception. Food. EVER. This dish was amazing. And off the menu to boot.
2. Margherita pizza at Antica Pizzaria da Michelle, Naples. There's a reason this place has been in business since the 1800s.
3. Margherita pizza at Da Gigino, Sorrento. Lovely tucked away restaurant in Sorrento. Went three times. Was stoked each and every one of them.
4. Gelateria Davide, Sorrento. Went every day. Don't feel guilty in the least.
5. White tuna with garlic at Kamakura, Alameda. Again, an old standby never fails to impress.
6. Mushroom pappardelle at Il Bagatto. Too bad it's such a battle to eat there, as everything I've ever had there has been amazing.
7. Combination #2 (or #3, can't remember): Shrimp taco and lobster burrito at El Zarape in San Diego. Garett and Halloran I will always love you for taking me here. And sort of hate you since you get to eat it far more often than I.
8. Veggie burrito at El Farolito, San Francisco. Would be on my top-10 every year if I still lived in the Bay Area.
9. One of the 10s of Rosenbloom zins I had this year. Each one was delicious. Join the Red Rangers club. You will not be disappointed.
10. Margaritas at my apartment. Mine are still better than any others I've had. Sorry, New York. And everywhere else.

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

Deerhunter "Microcastle/Weird Era Cont"
Fucked Up "The Chemistry of Common Life"
My Cast Iron Skillet
Calexico Burritos (no not the band silly)
Department of Eagles "In Ear Park"
Planet Earth on Bluray
Crystal Stilts "Alight of Night"
last but not least barack obama

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group

1 summertime in the Catskills
2 Gavin and Stacy on BBC America
3 Jaya learning to walk and talk
4 seamless web
5 the final season of the shield - sad its the final one but it was great
6 this american life on ipod to and from work
7 Be Your Own Pet -both "Get Awkward" album and especially "Get Damaged " EP
8 fucked up - album and what i saw of the 12 hour show
9 maui in november
10 actually reading a few novels and watching a few films in their entirety

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Sic Alps "U.S. EZ" (Siltbreeze)
Obits "One Cross a Piece" 7" (Stint)
Growing "All The Way" (Social Registry)
Devon Williams "Carefree" (Ba Da Bing)
No Age "Nouns" (Subpop)
Vivian Girls "s/t" (Mauled by Tigers / In the Red)
Bird Show "Untitled" (Kranky
Meneguar "The In Hour" (Woodist)
Expo 70 "White Ohms" (Beta Lactum)
The Dead C "Secret Earth" (Ba Da Bing)
Fucked Up "The Chemistry of Common Life" (Matador)
TV on the Radio " (Interscope)
"Tilting and Drifting: The Music of Scott Walker" live at the Barbican (London) 11.6.08
"Maps" drawn by Nigel Peak (Analogue Books

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall (LP)
The Firefighter sandwich, still going strong (M&M deli at 6th and Broome)
Blanton's Bourbon
Cheeseburgers (top five ny subcategory)
-Houstons (park ave)
-Royal (Ave. C i think)
-Shake Shack (madison sq. park)
-Diner (brooklyn)
-The Spotted Pig (w. 12th)
Pavement - Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition
Paris' bike sharing program, genius
Sierra Nevada Harvest wet hop ales
The Faint at Terminal 5
Harry's Cafe's Steak and Cheese, rich and insanely good (hanover sq.)
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Seghesio Zinfandel, not a big wine person but this was real good (september wines, stanton st.)
Oktoberfest in München mit meinen kameraden
Kansas Jayhawks 07-08 Season (Lawrence, KS / Kansas City, MO / Omaha, NE / Detroit, MI / San Antonio, TX)

Robby Morris, Beggars Group

New Records (In No Order):
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Awake In The Light and Ask Forgiveness
The Walkmen - You & Me
Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
Kurt Vile - Constant Hitmaker
Fennesz - Black Sea
Thee Oh Sees - The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
Robert Forster - The Evangelist

Reissues/Collections (In No Order):
Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me
Ursula Bogner - Recordings 1969-1988
Sun City Girls - You're Never Alone With A Cigarette, Singles Volume 1
V/A - African Scream Contest

A late '07 Release I picked up in '08:
Gavin Bryars, Phillip Jeck, Alter Ego - The Sinking of The Titanic

The Ex with Getatchew Mekurya, Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Esthete with Either/Orchestra @ Damrosh Park Bandshell
Watching Glauber Rocha's Antonio Das Mortes on the big screen and again on the small screen
Mad Men Season 2

Todd Netter, Beggars Group

my season's greetings to everyone:


To Dorian Cox, I know you had a rough year but stay positive things will get better!

Top 5 recent things that happened in the office (not in chronological order):
- I got a Steve Keene painting from Nils. It's official now, I've worked for Matador Records.
- The Bro Code. Read it and learn suckers.
- Chris Dane Owen. just watch:
- Office Cleaning Day. Ok this hasn't happened yet but soon...and necessary!
- The holiday party karaoke session. Patrick aptly dubbed it: Karaoke as Warfare. 'nuff said.

Top 5 shows (in no particular order):
- Vampire Weekend at Summer Stage (in the pouring rain, really fun)
- King Khan & The Shrines at Don Pedro's (a rowdy night was had)
- M.I.A. at McCarren Pool (the stage and lighting were amazing and Holy Fuck opened up)
- Times New Viking at the WFMU show at Irving Plaza (the best sounding show I've seen TNV play)
- Sigur Rós at MoMA (on Icelandic Independence day and an Olafur Eliasson exhibit too. Wow what a night!)

Top 5 albums (in no particular order):
- M83 "Saturdays = Youth"
- School of Seven Bells "Alpinisms"
- Times New Viking "Rip It Off"
- Fuck Buttons "Street Horrrsing"
- Pavement "Brighten The Corners - Nicene Creedence Edition"

Top 5 albums I should have listened to more (and I'll make sure that I do):
- Lindstrøm "Where You Go I Go Too"
- High Places "High Places"
- Blank Dogs "The Crystal Ladies"
- Crystal Stilts "The SinKing"
- Bon Iver "For Emma, Forever Ago"

Top 5 music related persons, places, events or things (in no particular order, have I mentioned that before):
- Fucked Up's 12 Hour Show. Anyone who was there knows how great this was.
- The Bell House. Who doesn't like a new venue and this one by all accounts seems like a good one.
- Record Store Day. I'm glad it's back for 2009, hopefully the stores are too.
- SXSW. I thought it was great this year.
- Jay Reatard Matador Singles 7"s. I got a complete set, sorry not trying to rub it in.

Top 5 non-music related persons, places or events (very much in particular order):
- Meg Baker. She's a pretty rad lady.
- Obama. Let me say that again President Obama.
- 2 week vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho this Xmas and NYE. Can you tell I'm excited?
- Giants beating the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. I still can't believe that happened.
- Going to Yankee Stadium in it's final season (Fri, Aug 15th against the Royals).

Jane Pollard, Beggars Group
Top ten live experiences of 2008
1 - The jaw-dropping closeness of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in session at Miloco Studios, London
2 - Fuelling my obsession seeing Damien Jurado two nights in a row in New York
3 - Spine-tingling quietness of an acoustic performance by Stuart Staples in his studio, Limogues
4 - The gospel according to Bill Callahan at St. James' Church, London
4.5 - The sur-reality of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Hollywood Bowl
5 - Making new friends at Rowland S Howard Toff on the Town, Melbourne
6 - Necking free vodka and oscillating wildly to The Gossip playing the Deitch Projects party, Miami
7 - Losing my ears to My Bloody Valentine, Roundhouse, London
8 - Picking up the pieces of my heart after Spiritualized at iTunes Festival, Air studios, London
9 - Antony and the Johnsons raising the roof of the Barbican, London
9.5 - Clutching a camera throughout the Grinderman warm-up show in Hove
10 - Sitting on the floor at the Bon Iver Rough Trade East in-store, London

Catherine Herrick, Beggars Group

Becoming an Aunt for a 2nd time with the Birth of my Nephew, Nicholas
Baking for the first time without assistance
Creating my own recipe for the best Sangria ever
Having authentic Texas BBQ for the first time
Meeting Jarvis Cocker and having to run and shriek in the mailroom like a giddy teenager immediately afterwards
Seeing Mission of Burma play Signals, Calls, and Marches AND Vs. at Bowery Ballroom
The re-release of Sweatin' To The Oldies as a 5 DVD set with the inclusion of inspirational bonus disc Love Yourself and Win
The bulk shipment of Crunk!!! Energy Drink from Lil Jon's peeps to our office, and hoarding the sugar-free cans
Becoming an honorary Kanas Citian without having spent time in the town
The luxury of learning to play bass on a really nice Rickenbacker that is bigger than I am

Annette Lee, 4AD

2008 - the highs:
- Wispa bars
- Shearwater @ St Giles Church
- Two hours' tete-a-tete with Gary Numan on the set of This Morning. A new career high.
- Fucked Up @ GYC, Guildford.
- Halloween chez Alma Road.

- Kill Your Friends by John Niven. Terrifyingly real.
- Seeing Eddie Izzard perform live twice. The man is a genius in heels

2008 - the lows:
- Saturday @ ATP vs The Fans between 5pm and midnight. Clearly Bloody Marys and me don't mix.
- Chronic sunburn on the last day of my only summer holiday. More pain than life itself.
- The new Indiana Jones. 2 hours of my life I will never get back.

Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Favorite Quote of 2008

"Prepare to put mustard on those words for you will soon be consuming them along with this slice of humble pie that comes direct from the oven of shame set at gas mark egg on your face"................Ha ha.........

Some music I loved this year, old and new, in alphabetical order (sorry if I forgot you)
A.R. & Machines - Die Grüne Reise
Beauregard Ajax – Deaf Priscilla
Blank Dogs – 'On Two Sides' and 'The Fields'
Cold Sun – Dark Shadows
The Common People - Of The People By The People For The People
Crystal Stilts - S/T 12" and 'Alight Of Night'
Damien Eih, A.l.k & Brother Clark – Never Mind
The Electronic Hole – S/T
Lau Nau - Ebony & Ivory
Meneguar – The In Hour
Morgen – S/T
Vivian Girls – S/T

Ragbag Rats – our office 'sports' team……we got to the finals……but………

My list of all the bands I saw in 2008 (up to 12/7/08) just to see…… here it is
Sightings/Blues Control – Midway NYC 1/5/08
Ecstatic Peace Showcase – Thurston Moore, MV/EE, Tall Firs, Religious Knives – Knitting Factory NYC 1/8/08
Endless Boogie /Human Bell – Pianos NYC 1/13/08
Endless Boogie/Children/Andrew WK (solo piano)/Jeff Jensen – Pianos NYC 1/20/08
Growing/I.U.D/Voorhees – Death By Audio - Brooklyn 1/24/08
Six Organs of Admittance (with Elisa Ambrogio)/Mick Tuner & Jim White/Mouthus – Mercury Lounge NYC 1/29/08
James Blackshaw and Jozef Van Wissem – At some art gallery on Orchard St. NYC– 1/31/08
Tall Firs – Knitting Factory NYC- 1/31/0
The Hidden Twin/Star Maker – Union Pool – Brooklyn 2/28/08
Tall Firs/Talk Normal - Some loft party in S. Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2/29/08
Soft People – Unitarian Church – Philadelphia PA 3/8/08
DRMWPN - AV-aerie - Chicago IL 3/10/08
Blues Control/Naked On The Vague/Psychedelic Horseshit/Pink Reason/Times New Viking @ Siltbreeze SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/13/08
Mikey Bones/Psychic Ills @ Social Registry SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/13/08
Sightings/Be Your Pet/Leslie Keffer & Valerie Martino/Bill Nace & Thurston Moore/Little Claw/Black Helicopters/Tall Firs/ Sunburned Hand of the Man/J Mascis/Thurston Moore and The No Wave Bandits @Ecstatic Peace SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/14/08
Jandek/Christina Carter SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/15/08
Eat Skull/Wooden Shjips/Wildild Life @ Holy Mountain SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/14/08
TNV/Pink Reason In-Store – Sound Exchange – Houston TX 3/15/08
Why?/Crypticize – Rudyards Pub – Houston TX 3/15/08
Hands Off Cuba – Springwater – Nashville TN 3/19/08
Stellar Om Source/ True Prime – Glasslands Brooklyn 3/26/08
White Out w/ Samara Lubelski – The Stone NYC 3/29
PG. 6 and Bob Bannister/Nalle/Begushkin - Glasslands Brooklyn 3/30/08
Tall Firs (record release party)/Telepathe – rehab – NYC - 4/5/08
Tall Firs/Knyfe Hyts/Awesome Color - Glasslands Brooklyn 5/2/08
Blood On The Wall – Mercury Lounge - NYC 5/17/08
NY VS NZ II - Lin Culbertson & Tom Surgal (a.k.a White Out) with MV Carbon - The Stone 5/22/08
Brooke Sietinsons, Meara O'Reilly, Eric Carbonara, Bill Nace - The Stone NYC 5/23/08
Mike Wexler/Koen Holtkamp – Glasslands, Brooklyn 5/28/08
Blues Control/Henry Flynt - Glasslands, Brooklyn 5/31/08
Spectre Folk – re-hab NYC 6/7/08
MV & EE – Knitting Factory NYC 6/12/08
Endless Boogie/Aboretum – Mercury Lounge NYC 6/18/08
Sonic Youth – Battery Park NYC 7/4/08
Thurston Moore/Bill Nace – rehab – NYC 7/5/08
Vivian Girls/Meneguar – Death By Audio NYC 7/8/08
Crystal Stilts/Pink Reason/The Duchess & The Duke – The Charleston NYC 7/13/08
Joshua Burkett/Willie Lane (w/ Samara Lubelski & Raffe) – Brooke's back yard – Philadelphia 7/19/08
MV&EE/Dust Dive/ Lat-Longitude – a field, Hudson NY 7/26/08
Awesome Color – Knitting Factory NYC 7/26/08
Modey Lemon – Mercury Lounge NYC 7/28/08
Awesome Color – Santo's NYC 7/28/08
Tall Firs/King Khan & The Shrines/Deerhiunter/Black Lips – McCarren Pool Brooklyn 8/3/08
Meg Baird/Phospphorescent/Vetiver – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn 8/3/08
White Out with Carlos Giffoni – The Stone NYC 8/20/08
Vivian Girls – Death By Audio Brooklyn 8/20/08
Thurston Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Matt Heyner & Susan Alcorn - The Stone NYC 8/23/08
Sonic Youth – McCarren Pool Park Brooklyn 8/30/08
Dan Higgs/Lau Nau – someone's apartment in Asbury Park NJ 9/12/08
Talk Normal/Lau Nau/Mira Billotte (of White Magic)/Indian Jewelry – Knitting Factory NYC 9/19/08
Lone Wolf and Cub - Deitch Gallery NYC 9/25/08
Che Chen/Mike Wexler – Abrons Art Center NYC 9/27/08
Mark Morgan (Sightings) & Pat (NNCK)/Northampton Wools (Thurston Moore & Bill Nace) – The Stone NYC 9/27/08
White Out w/ Strings (Samara Lubelski and MV Carbon)/Gate – rehab NYC 10/8/08
Times New Viking/Wire – Irving Plaza NYC 10/9/08
Michael Chapman – Knitting Factory – NYC 10/9/08
Dead C/Sightings/Northampton Wools – Bowery Ballroom NYC 10/13/08
Fucked Up 12 hr show – Rogan store – NYC 10/14/08
Jamie Lidell – Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn 10/15/08
Gangi/Effi Briest – Glasslands Brooklyn 10/19/08
MV&EE / Woods – Death By Audio Brooklyn 11/4/08 (OBAMA's night)
Vivian Girls/Times New Viking/Deerhunter – Bowery Ballroom NYC 11/8/08
Los Llamarada/ Hank IV – The Charleston – Brooklyn NYC 11/12/08
AC Newman – The Bellhouse – Brooklyn NYC – 11/15/08
Vampire Weekend – Terminal 5 NYC 12/3/08
Crystal Stilts/Love Is All – Bowery Ballroom NYC 12/7/08

Sadness: RIP Spencer Gates

Sara McManus, Matador Direct

1. Girls - Lust For Life - 7" (True Panther Sounds)

1. Suzannah Johannes - s/t - 7" (Range Life Records)
1. 100% Raw Veganism
1. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night (Slumberland)
1. The Brooklyn Flea in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
1. The Kansas Jayhawks winning the National Championship on my 25th Birthday
1. NODZZZ - s/t (What's Your Rupture?)
1. Bopper, Bla, and sometimes Ricky
1. Being the Flower Girl in Megan and Corey's wedding
1. White Flight (Range Life Records)

Kimberly Powenski, Matador Direct

1. Bruce Springsteen's cover of Suicide's 'Dream Baby Dream' first installment of Blast First Petite's 10" series, it made a believer out of me.
2. 'Let The Right One In' by Tomas Alfredson.
3. Jay Reatard Singles and CMJ shows and all of the shows, generally all of it... can't wait for the album!
4. Shock of the New by Robert Hughes.
5. Joe Carducci book reading of 'Enter Naomi' that guy has some amazing stories
6. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks reunion
7. Crypt Records - Brooklyn Shop (RIP)
8. Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Tate (and my amazing friends laura and sam who waited for me to finish looking at the show!)
9. Death By Audio
10. Sacred Bones label

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

Full length Records:
Thomas Function "Celebration"
Eddy Current Supression Ring "Primary Colours"
Cheap Time S/T

Dutchess & The Duke "She's The Dutchess, He's the Duke"
Prisonshake - "Dirty Moons"
Darling Downs "From One To Another"
Meneguar "The In Hour"
Naked On the Vague "The Blood Pressure Sessions"
Blank Dogs "On Two Sides"
Wayne Rogers "Infinite For Now"
Goodnight Loving S/T
Cobra Verde "Haven't Slept In A Year"
Modey Lemon - "The Birth of Jazz"
Vivian Girls S/T
Crystal Stilts - "Alight of Night"
Black & Whites - S/T
Nobunny - "Love Visions"
Brother JT3 "Jelly Roll Gospel"
The Rebel "Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable"
Nothing People - S/T
The Pets - "Misdirection"
Nodzzz - S/T
Gentleman Jesse & His Men "Introducing..."
Coconut Coolouts "Party Time Machine"
Lili Z "The Two Of Us"

7" Records:
Nodzzz "I Don't Wanna Smoke Marijuana" b/w "We Are The Only Animals"
Lover / Live Fast Die - "Booger in My Asshole" b/w "Sick As Shit Of Shit"
Vivian Girls "Wild Eyes"
Wounded Lion "Carol Cloud" b/w "Pony People"
Pink Reason - "Borrowed Time" & "Winonna" & "3:16" 7"s
Tyvek "Sidewalk"
Blank Dogs "Setting Fire To Your House" b/w "I Was Counting"
Estrogen Highs "She Don't Bother"
Life Partners "Aids Of Spades" b/w "Teenager In Trouble"
CaUSE co-MOTION! - "Who's Gonna Care" & "I Lie Awake" 7"s
Buzzer - "Disco Kidz"
Box Elders - "Hole In My Head"
Kim Phuc - "Wormwood Star"
Dutchess & The Duke "Scorpio"
Disappears - "2008 1 & 2"

Milk 'n Cookies Dbl LP
Mad Mike Monsters Volumes 1-3
Animals & Men - "Never Bought, Never Sold"
Charlie Feathers - "Wild Side of Life" "Honky Tonk Kind" & "Long Time Ago" LPs
Tommy Jay "Tall Tales of Trauma"
Dead C re-issues
Nigeria Special & Rock Special & Disco Funk Special
Rats LP
Messthetics series
The Nixe

Fabulous Diamonds, Blues Control, Rot Shit & Psychedelic Horseshit at Asterisk in Brooklyn
Naked on the Vague @ the Charleston.
Cheap Time @ that Todd P Kent Ave place. Totally killed, about as good as a band can get.
Suttree @ Don Pedro's. beautiful
Live Fast Die & Thomas Function @ the Annex. LFD kinda stole the show between Aaron's stage moves & Camero's interaction w/the club staff & booker, but Thomas Function were great too.
Sex Vid @ asterik. Thought they were a little whatever earlier @ the Knitting Factory, but later that night they were on fire.
Tyvek @ Death By Audio. Made up for their disappointing Charleston show and then some.
Dutchess & the Duke @ the Charleston & Music Hall of Williamsburg. Great both times, but the antagonistic vibes flying at the MHoW made it even a bit better.
Home Blitz & Rot Shit @ South Oakland (Pgh) house Party this summer. Worth totally re-arranging my schedule for & then driving all night to get home.
Vivian Girls & the Crystal Stilts it seems like both played everywhere all the time, but both bands are so much better live than their records (and I love their records) and getting better each time I see them.
Pink Reason: saw a bunch of shows. Pretty much all the same songs at each one give or take, but each one was totally different & totally great.
Blues Control, Daniel DiMaggio, Hank IV & Los Llamarada @ the Charleston. Everyone was great but Hank IV made me proud to be old.
Vaselines @ Southpaw

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

Nobunny - Love Visions
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours
Viva L'American Death Ray - Sangre Libre
Thee Oh Sees - The Masters Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
Thomas Function - Celebration
Broken Strings - Broken Strings
Eat Skull - Sick to Death
Eric & The Happy Thoughts - not an album, but the cd-r of demos i have
The Muslims - The Muslims

Harlem - Free Drugs

Wounded Lion - Carol Cloud/Pony People
Hunx - Good Kisser
Hunx - You don't like rock n' roll
Nodzzz - I don't wanna (smoke marijuana)
Romance Novels - Hoosier Hits
Times New Viking - Stay Awake
The Intelligence - Debt & Esp b/w Chateau bandit
Chocolat - Gabrielle
Antony and the Johnsons - Another World

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

2008 non-Matador new releases:

Sic Alps - United 7" (self-released)
Hooray For Earth - demos CDR

Pretty & Nice - Get Young CD (Hardly Art)
Kompakt Total 9 triple LP (Kompakt)
Cheap Time - Cheap Time LP (In The Red)
Shitty Limits - Espionage 7" (Dire)
burger/voigt - Roter Platz 12" (Kompakt)
Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too dbl LP (Fidelity/Smalltown Supersound)
Nodzzz LP (What's Your Rupture?)
Tyvek - Sidewalk 7" (M'Lady's)
Wrathful Plague - Bitter Forest Winds CDR
Varghkoghargasmal/October Falls split 7" (Deathstrike)
Blitzen Trapper - "God & Suicide" from Furr CD (Sub Pop)

2007/8 reissues/comps:


T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - The Vodoun Effect: Funk and Sato from Benin's Obscure Labels 1973-1975 CD (Analog Africa)
Phata Phata: 78rpm Records from the Birth of Mbaqanga MP3 mix (Excavated Shellac/Matsuli)
Ethiopiques 22: Alemayehu Eshete 1972-1974 CD (Buda Musique)
Tabu Ley Rochereau - The Voice Of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977 dbl CD (Sterns)
Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics (1918-1955) CD (Dust-to-Digital)
African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo '70s CD (Analog Africa)
Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929 dbl LP (Honest Jon's)
Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues 1970-1976 two dbl LP sets (Soundway)
Orchestre Regional de Kayes LP (Mississippi)
Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearts - Baghdad, 1925-1929 dbl LP (Honest Jon's)
1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Joe Higgs - Life Of Contradiction CD (Pressure Sounds)
Big Mama Unice Hi-Life & Jazz MP3 mix (Voodoo Funk)

power pop:

Shoes - Double Exposure dbl CD (Black Vinyl Records)
Titan: It's All Pop! dbl CD (Numero Group)
Milk N Cookies - Milk N Cookies dbl LP (Radio Heartbeat)
Speedies - Speedy Delivery LP (Radio Heartbeat)
Teenline CDRs (Hyped2Death)

black metal:

Thurston "Satanakiss" Moore - Black Mixtal CDRs
1349 - Hellfire dbl LP (Back on Black)

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Shearwater - Rook
Boris at Primavera Festival and eating Paella on the beach
Times New Viking at ATP May, MBV at ATP NYC and Teenage Jesus... at ATP Xmas

Watching the crowd reaction to Jay Z at Glastonbury from the privileged view point of side of stage
The number of Fancy Dress costumes i've worn this year
Stalking Fucked Up around the UK for the whole of 2008
Shearwater at St Giles Church, London
Eating Doritos at the North Pole under 24hr sun
Shredyrface1 and the plotting of Shred2
Shellac's Halloween costumes at Release The Bats
Searching for the best sushi in London, the quest continues.
Cheap Time - s/t

Jesper Eklow, Matador Records

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – The Vodoun Effect 1972-1975 CD
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash LP
Farley Mowat/John De Visser - This Rock Within The Sea: A Heritage Lost - book
Jim Ford - Point Of No Return CD
Dandelions - Dandelions LP
The 2007/2008 New York Giants
Tinariwen live highline ballroom (ok, so it was in nov 2007, sue me)
Stack - Above All LP
Almendra - Almendra 1 & Almendra 2 LPs
Iliya Troyanov - The Collector Of Worlds - book
Dale Hawkins - Born In Louisiana 10"
Del Jones' Positive Vibes - Court Is Closed LP
Performing Ferret Band CD
v/a - Messthetics DIY series #s 101-106 CDs

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

recorded :

Prisonshake - Dirty Moons (Scat)
The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me (Domino/City Slang)
Endless Boogie - Focus Level (No Quarter)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Anti/Mute)
The Distant Seconds - Spectral Evidence (Sweetheart Contract)
Fennesz - The Black Sea (Touch)
Jesu - Why Are We Not Perfect? EP (Hydra Head)
18th Dye - Amorine Queen (Crunchy Frog)
Gentlemen Jesse & His Men - s/t (Douchemaster)
The New Year - The New Year (Touch & Go)
Cheap Time - s/t (In The Red)
Steinski - What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 (Illegal Art)
Jarboe & Justin Broadrick - J2 (The End)
Retribution Gospel Choir - s/t (Calo Verde)
The Busy Signals - s/t (Dirtnap)
The Young - "Get Out Of My Face" 4 song 7" (Supersecret)

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Rock City Sixteen - Lunette Noires Nuits Blanches 7" (Cigarette Music)
Box Elders - "Hole In My Head" 7" (Grotto)
V/A - Messthetics Greatest Hiss, Vol. 1 (Hyped 2 Death)

live :
AH Kraken, Beerland, Austin TX
Marked Men finale / Wax Museums / Bad Sports, Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX
The Notwist, ULU, London,
Black Time, Hi-Tone, Memphis
Tyvek / The Homosexuals, The Crofoot, Detroit
Los Llamarada, Spiros, Austin,
Dikes Of Holland, everywhere, everytime, Austin
Awesome Color, Mohawk, Austin
Wire, Irving Plaza, NYC
Witch Hats, Santos Party Haus/ Cake Shop, NYC
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, James Dolan's Party Barn, NYC
Fucked Up w/ special guest John Rzeznik performing the latter's cover of "Mommi, I'm A Misfit", Bowery, NYC (5am approx. everyone had gone home. Including Fucked Up)
Total Abuse, not often enough, Austin

non music : The Guardian setting David Mitchell and Russell Brand loose on the sports pages, Hai KY (e. oltorf st., Austin, TX), "Pineapple Express" and the continued ascent of Gary Cole, election night 11/04/08, Austin's taco trailer population explosion,, "Peep Show" season 6, "The Best Show On WFMU", Derek Erdman.

Bad stuff : Mets bullpen, Mets relievers, the guys who pitch for the Mets after the starters leave the game. Mets closers, set up men, mop up men, their families and friends. Prop 8. Twitter/F-book pests. Not necessarily in that order.

A sea of CD sleeves...

Carefully stamped by diligent interns. If you're lucky, you might find one at a record store near you.

Shred Yr Face : The Skinny

So we already brought you a teaser of info about the forthcoming triple-fun-shot-fest that is SHREDYRFACE. Now here's the full lowdown :

This will be regularly updated on the road by all bands, showing you exactly what goes on on tour. So keep heading back there for updates and exclusives.


Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos! travel across the UK in a big old bus, singing show tunes and making noise. Often individually, occasionally together. We're pretty sure a bit of Kumbaya will be going down.

14 Brighton, England - Komedia
15 Liverpool, England - Academy 2
16 Leeds, England - Irish Centre
17 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
18 Glasgow, Scotland - School of Arts
19 London, England - Pure Groove (in-store) (3 p.m.)
19 London, England - Beyond Retro (in-store) (5 p.m.)
19 London, England - Rough Trade East (in-store) (7 p.m.)
20 London, England - Electric Ballroom
21 Bristol, England - Fleece

The three bands have got their collective heads together for a limited edition tour 7" that will be available from the Coalition group of indie stores in the UK.
Tracklisting :
01 Los Campesinos!: "Death to Los Campesinos! (Napoleon III Remix)"
02 No Age: "Revolving Credit for Kitty"
03 Times New Viking: "Anything Could Happen" (The Clean cover)

As well as all this, there's gonna be some super hot instore action where you can get up close and personal with each band. Maybe you'll even get sweated on by Beth?

14 Brighton Resident - No Age
16 Leeds Crash - Times New Viking
19 London Pure Groove (3pm)
19 London Beyond Retro (5pm)
19 London Rough Trade East (7pm)
22 Manchester Piccadilly - Los Campesinos!

So this is where it gets a little confusing. You'll already get TNV up at the Leeds Crash store, but as well as that, all three bands will play a store of their choice around London on October 19th. They'll hit Pure Groove at 3 p.m., Beyond Retro at 5 p.m., and Rough Trade East at 7 p.m., but its currently a big secret as to who plays where. So why not go to all?

Seattle artist Carlos Ruiz has designed a t-shirt and a limited edition silkscreened poster for the Shred Yr Face tour, both of which will be available at the shows and at Coalition stores. So get down there early and bag your own piece of history.

The Factor - <strike>Crunked</strike> Chopped & Screwed

video swiped from Boing Boing. Had someone done it at 78rpm, at least the clip would be over faster.

If You Want To Have A Great 4th Of July, Don't Watch This Video

Pretty awful, sure, but no worse than whatever Steve Perry's cooking up. 


While We're Sitting Around Waiting For The New Jaguar Love Video... occurs to me there's little point in purchasing the entire Soul Train library if it doesn't include Don Cornelius' finest performance.

I saw Times New Viking in London and all I got was this

I found this pinned to the wall of the Beggars flat. A parting gift from Times New Viking in the form of a ponytail sported by the formerly-long-haired Beth Murphy.

Not being one to pass up on any opportunity to make some drinking money on the sly, I'll flog this to the highest and most foolish bidder. Cash preferably please. Sterling, not dollars (this is London after all).

Dead Meadow get got.

Every Sunday at midnight, or at least first thing Monday morning, I On-Demand (my verb) the next Wire episode. So, this morning while I've been trudging through other concerns, the 2/3 episode has played twice in the background. I won't give anything away, but let's just say that McNulty offers his critical take on Dead Meadow. No, let's just say that Marlo's people make a buy at a Dead Meadow show. No, let's just say that Dead Meadow play a secret show at the mission. No, let's just say that Senator Clay Davis rocks some Dead Meadow in the car. No, let's just say that I'm more than a little stressed about this Just Farr A Laugh legal problem. For real.

I'm Like, "Hey Bitch, You Wanna See Mid-Life?"

NSFW. Unless you work at home or a piercing shop.  From the inexplicably delayed Earles & Jensen presentation 'Just Farr A Laugh, Vol. I & II'.

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